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used in The War of the Worlds

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unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
  • There was food aboard, albeit at exorbitant prices, and the three of them contrived to eat a meal on one of the seats forward.
    1.17 — Book 1 Chapter 17 — The "Thunder Child" (50% in)
  • There were no oars in the boat, but I contrived to paddle, as well as my parboiled hands would allow, down the river towards Halliford and Walton, going very tediously and continually looking behind me, as you may well understand.
    1.13 — Book 1 Chapter 13 — How I Fell in with the Curate (28% in)
  • The second handling-machine was now completed, and was busied in serving one of the novel contrivances the big machine had brought.
    2.3 — Book 2 Chapter 3 — The Days of Imprisonment (33% in)
  • The contrast between the swift and complex movements of these contrivances and the inert panting clumsiness of their masters was acute, and for days I had to tell myself repeatedly that these latter were indeed the living of the two things.
    2.3 — Book 2 Chapter 3 — The Days of Imprisonment (47% in)
  • One man—the first—had gone to St. Martin's-le-Grand, and, while I sheltered in the cabmen's hut, had contrived to telegraph to Paris.
    2.9 — Book 2 Chapter 9 — Wreckage (6% in)

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