fastness

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Since it is easier to endure the known than to fly to the unknown; since both misery and fear love company; the apparent easiest thing for Jerry to have done would have been to follow the tribe of Somo into its fastnesses.
The incubators are built in remote fastnesses, where there is little or no likelihood of their being discovered by other tribes.
Besides, the chances were ten to one in my favour that they would none of them quit their own fastnesses.
His fare entered, and the cab whirled into the cool fastnesses of the park along the shortest homeward cuts.