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She was in the main grip of the current; the canoe was too large; the paddle was too inadequate; and too much of her time and strength was wasted in bailing.
There was a sudden crash and the car came to a halt, and the ingot toppled out upon a moving platform, where steel fingers and arms seized hold of it, punching it and prodding it into place, and hurrying it into the grip of huge rollers.
Ye have said ye should continue upon this road, which is our direction likewise; wherefore my lord, the earl Grip, hath given commandment that ye retain the horses and ride, and that certain of us ride with ye a twenty mile to a fair town that hight Cambenet, whenso ye shall be out of peril.
As he was thus speaking, he had risen from bed with great difficulty, holding to my shoulder with a grip that almost made me cry out, and moving his legs like so much dead weight.
The wine was strong and the gourd capacious, so he also began to sing after a fashion, and soon I had the delight of feeling the iron grip of his goblin legs unclasp, and with one vigorous effort I threw him to the ground, from which he never moved again.
As they reached the water's edge De Vac was walking with his right shoulder behind his companion's left, in his hand was gripped the keen blade and as the woman halted on the dock the point that hovered just below her left shoulder-blade plunged, soundless, into her heart at the same instant that De Vac's left hand swung up and grasped her throat in a grip of steel.
But Trent's hand remained there, a grip of iron from which there was no escaping.
he called out, struggling in vain to find a body upon which he could gain a grip.
All places are to me simply a battle-field," she answered, gripping first one and then the other with a grip which crumpled up their little thin fingers.
It was a fair grip on the lower jaw, and Satan described a half circle and was flung to the rear, turning over in the air and falling heavily on his back.
I could feel in my tense grip the pull of the hair as her skin and her muscles moved beneath with her efforts.
He jerked his shoulder petulantly away from the grip of his questioner.