Harriett saw his stoop, and the taut, braced power of his back as he lifted.
Turning back to Dr. Shalt, he began to speak in a taut, controlled voice.
Taut, now, the quivering lines; now slack; and so, let her go!
The cable, taut with the strain, stretched ahead out of sight.
Now we're all taut and shipshape and nobody can get aboard to interrupt.
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