It was pushed to, but not locked, and had no fastening upon it except the lock, in which was the key.
The manner of fastening the ribs to the frame pieces is optional.
Evidently the fastening was serving him better than he had dared hope.
He was giving up hope for Hermione and fastening hope on Vere.
Two small screw-eyes are placed in the boat, for fastening it to the davits.