That is the true ideal; a great nation ought not to be a hammer, but a magnet.
Then he saw that the magnet was fast to the side of the flier, near the stern.
No knife, no rocket pistol, no line with magnet for securing oneself to a hull.
Solange was smiling at him, a smile that drew him like a magnet.
We learn first to play with it academically, as the magnet was once a toy.