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As PortRoyal came under increasing scrutiny, her "Interrogation" by Monsieur Louis Bail, a cleric imposed as convent superintendent by Louis XIV, belayed his fears as quickly as it belied her intelligence.
Sometimes, the team is large, and many different "belays" are ongoing -- one may be belaying and belayed by multiple other team members.
second/to follow: the second climber, belayed by the leader from the top of the pitch