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“The tow-line had now tautened, at right angles to the two boats, and the predicament was laughable.”
“We were sailing on the wind, and when Yellow Handkerchief flattened down the sheet the junk forged ahead and the tow-line went slack.”
“They landed on the bank above and plunged immediately ashore and into the brush with the tow-line.”
“Jesus, it's like four days of driving with a tow-line.”
“When they had been taken to the mouth of the channel leading among the Chonos Islands, Robur shouted to them to cast off the tow-line.”
“The agonized whale goes into his flurry; the tow-line is slackened, and the pitchpoler dropping astern, folds his hands, and mutely watches the monster die.”
“A coil of new tow-line was then unwound, and some fathoms of it taken to the windlass, and stretched to a great tension.”
“And forge me first, twelve rods for its shank; then wind, and twist, and hammer these twelve together like the yarns and strands of a tow-line.”
“Even the Conference of Scientists couldn't develop a usable formula, any more than they could work out a tractor that could be used as a tow-line on one. ”
“For a moment or two it looked as if the canoe must be crushed like an egg-shell between the bank and the barge, but fortunately at the critical moment an extra strong jerk on the tow-line got it clear, and with a run”
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