"I need to know something about the pigment patches," he said jerkily.
I pushed with all my might and, slowly and jerkily, the dingy slid off the shoal.
“Kicking up a racket in there,” he said jerkily, indicating the parlour.
Jerkily he came to the realization that the girl had ceased speaking.
Then he staggered back and jerkily brought his arm across his eyes.