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used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

6 uses
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something that might happen — especially something that it is hoped will not happen

or more rarely:

something available in case of an event — especially an event that it is hoped will not occur
  • In dressing, she moved about in a mental cloud of many-coloured idealities, which eclipsed all sinister contingencies by its brightness.
    4 — The Consequence (81% in)
  • He was simply regarding the harrowing contingencies of human experience, the unexpectedness of things.
    5 — The Woman Pays (11% in)
  • Can you honestly say 'Remain' after contemplating this contingency?
    5 — The Woman Pays (21% in)
  • With the shortening of the days all hope of obtaining her husband's forgiveness began to leave her; and there was something of the habitude of the wild animal in the unreflecting instinct with which she rambled on—disconnecting herself by littles from her eventful past at every step, obliterating her identity, giving no thought to accidents or contingencies which might make a quick discovery of her whereabouts by others of importance to her own happiness, if not to theirs.
    5 — The Woman Pays (63% in)
  • Any one who had been in a position to read between the lines would have seen that at the back of her great love was some monstrous fear—almost a desperation—as to some secret contingencies which were not disclosed.
    6 — The Convert (24% in)
  • But Tess still kept going: if she could not fill her part she would have to leave; and this contingency, which she would have regarded with equanimity and even with relief a month or two earlier, had become a terror since d'Urberville had begun to hover round her.
    6 — The Convert (48% in)

There are no more uses of "contingency" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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