well-contrived love


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  • "Old Baldy" (American Agriculturist, New England Homestead, and Orange Judd Farmer, September 16, 1899) and "Bald-Face" (The Muse, Winter 1900) are good-humored, well-contrived tall tales.

    “. . .the eternal mystery of woman.”

  • Would not a well-contrived marriage be of service?

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • We enter, I shall suppose, into a convenient, warm, well-contrived apartment: We necessarily receive a pleasure from its very survey; because it presents us with the pleasing ideas of ease, satisfaction, and enjoyment.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • For she was safe; I knew that daily by a mode of signals well-contrived between us now, on the strength of our experience.

    Lorna Doone

  • It's an anomaly that we saw anything of, as I say again, this close to the front or or even this compositionally well-contrived.

    Shooting War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat

  • The directing of fire was somewhat less well-contrived by an unavoidably speculative plan due to ignorance of what lay beyond the crest.

    First Clash

  • He insisted upon the cogency of a single, well-contrived experiment to answer a specific question, as opposed to the Baconian procedure of collecting and comparing innumerable “instances” of

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • There is one way to give novelty: to depend for success on the interest of a well-contrived story.

    Sir Walter Scott as a Critic of Literature

  • Such was the success of this well-contrived march, and such the secrecy with which it was made, that Marshal Wade, who was at Newcastle with eleven thousand men, continued to cover and protect that place, without an idea of advancing to intercept the Highland troops.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume III.

  • The well-contrived plot is original and simple (all Farquhar's plots are excellent), giving rise to a rapid succession of amusing and sensational incidents; though by no means extravagant or improbable, save possibly the mutual separation of Squire Sullen and his wife in the last scene -- the weak point of the whole.

    The Beaux-Stratagem


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