artfully contrived

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His questioning was so artfully contrived, that he seemed even in his own eyes to volunteer all this information rather than to have it wrested from him; and he was brought to this state of feeling so naturally, that when Mr Chester yawned at length and declared himself quite wearied out, he made a rough kind of excuse for having talked so much.
All the windows and doors had been taken away, and sufficiently large holes were conspicuous in the dilapidated roofs, but the surrounding land was laid out in fields that were highly cultivated, and the old garden spaces had been turned into meadows, watered by a system of irrigation as artfully contrived as that in use in Limousin.
Bardell so earnestly entreated not to agitate herself about this warming-pan, unless (as is no doubt the case) it is a mere cover for hidden fire--a mere substitute for some endearing word or promise, agreeably to a preconcerted system of correspondence, artfully contrived by Pickwick with a view to his contemplated desertion, and which I am not in a condition to explain?
So, though the real world is doubtless full of charming people with the surname Carver, in fiction -- especially in a book as artfully contrived as Elizabeth Lowry's Melville-influenced second novel -- such a tag carries inescapable associations with knives cutting into flesh.
In the light of such claims even well-known texts like the diary of Samuel Pepys need to be appreciated not as spontaneously written and free-standing but as the artfully contrived product of revisions of earlier writings, chief of which was this man-on-the-make's meticulous record-keeping of his expenditure and income.
These often took the form of apartments or chapels in secluded parts of the houses, or in the roof space, where Mass could be celebrated with the utmost privacy and safety, and nearby there was usually an artfully contrived hiding-place, not only for the officiating priest to slip into in case of emergency, but also to provide a place where the vestments, sacred vessels, and altar furniture could be stored.
Ironically, McCrory goes to town with Celia's boredom, her seemingly artless physicality as artfully contrived as her drop-dead diction.
The works are not so much explorations as contemplations of color and form, and while they allude to Josef Albers's studies of color interaction, they are too artfully contrived, too singular, to be exercises.
He returned home to be elected Governor of New York and was so effective against corrupt politicians that, to get him out of its hair, the New York Republican machine artfully contrived to get him chosen as vice-presidential candidate to President McKinley in 1900.
He pressed flesh and he signed autographs, while Cherie, clutching Leo in her arms, took more than half an hour to walk 50 yards, so intent was she on the glad-handing opportunity they had so artfully contrived.
But this lack of artfully contrived selling schemes doesn't absolve them in Rushkoff's eyes.