"Motive power?" the man was saying in a voice that had a brusque, staccato snap and a slurred, nasal drawl, together.
"It was an accident," said a young man with a staccato voice and an odor of public payroll.
After a moment, he spoke up in a staccato voice.
Dr. Ferris leaned toward Dr. Stadler-through the staccato hoof beats of the announcer’s voice galloping across the continent with a description of the new invention-and said in the tone of a casual remark, "It is vitally important that there be no criticism of the Project in the country at this precarious time," then added semi-accidentally, as a semi-joke, "that there be no criticism of anything at any time."