The congregation being fully assembled, now, the bell rang once more, to warn laggards and stragglers, and then a solemn hush fell upon the church which was only broken by the tittering and whispering of the choir in the gallery.
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It was like watching a dance, everyone making the same movement at once, except for one or two laggards who were out of step.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
And if any o’ these laggards canna get themselves out of the way in time, they deserve what they get."