When Dionysius heard this he permitted him to take his money with him, but forbid him to continue any longer in Sicily, as being one who contrived
means for getting money inconsistent with his affairs.
In fact, although, throughout your illness and delirium, I scarcely left your side for a moment, I cannot think how I contrived
to do the many things that I did.
The utmost malice of Fortune could, indeed, have contrived
nothing so cruel, so mal-a-propos, so absolutely destructive to all his schemes.
Then the Butcher contrived an ingenious plan For making a separate sally; And fixed on a spot unfrequented by man, A dismal and desolate valley.
It felt that, in spite of all possible pains, It had somehow contrived to lose count, And the only thing now was to rack its poor brains By reckoning up the amount.
I surpassed myself, the suffering one; I carried mine own ashes to the mountain; a brighter flame I contrived for myself.
Then they sighed: "O that there were heavenly paths by which to steal into another existence and into happiness!" Then they contrived for themselves their by-paths and bloody draughts!
And, lastly, he inveighed against Minerva because she had not contrived
iron wheels in the foundation of her house, so its inhabitants might more easily remove if a neighbor proved unpleasant.
They are now on terms of the most particular friendship, frequently engaged in long conversations together; and she has contrived
by the most artful coquetry to subdue his judgment to her own purposes.
I could not forbear admiring at these odd appearances, both in town and country; and I made bold to desire my conductor, that he would be pleased to explain to me, what could be meant by so many busy heads, hands, and faces, both in the streets and the fields, because I did not discover any good effects they produced; but, on the contrary, I never knew a soil so unhappily cultivated, houses so ill contrived
and so ruinous, or a people whose countenances and habit expressed so much misery and want.
First the new-born child found a tortoise and from its shell contrived
the lyre; next, with much cunning circumstance, he stole Apollo's cattle and, when charged with the theft by Apollo, forced that god to appear in undignified guise before the tribunal of Zeus.