She bowed, her slender figure standing tautly straight but for the slow, formal movement of her head.
She stood as she always did, straight and taut, her head lifted impatiently.
The line of her shoulders looked taut, yet thrown back easily, as if poised for flight.
She kept her hands in the coat pockets, her posture taut, as if she resented immobility, and unfeminine, as if she were unconscious of her own body and that it was a woman’s body.
His mouth was taut, the lips faintly drawn inward, stressing the outline of its shape.
She drew back, lying against his arm; he leaned closer, his face taut; she held his eyes.
She studied him as he stood across the room, the tall, straight, taut lines of his body emphasized by the single color of the dark blue pajamas.
Then he knew that it had come back because he was looking at the city past the taut, slender figure of a woman whose head was lifted eagerly as at a sight of distance, whose steps were a restless substitute for flight.
He felt certain, as he looked at the tautly twisted set of her mouth, that some uncustomary violence was raging within her.
The brief, taut movement of his lips was a smile.
Through his sleepless night, then through the taut concentration on the duties of the day, his answer to the message had kept beating in his mind, the answer he would never have a chance to utter.
She saw his veiled glance and the tautness of his mouth, she saw him reduced to agony, she felt herself drowned by the exultant wish to cause him pain, to see it, to watch it, to watch it beyond her own endurance and his, then to reduce him to the helplessness of pleasure.
The boy’s face was solemn and taut.
She looked as if this were her place, her moment and her world, she looked as if enjoyment were her natural state, her face was the living form of an active, living intelligence., a young girl’s face with a woman’s mouth, she seemed unaware of her body except as of a taut instrument ready to serve her purpose in any manner she wished.
The taut look of endurance, of fiercely unadmitted pain, was gone; now, in the midst of the wreckage and of his hardest hour, his face had the serenity of pure strength; it had the look she had seen in the faces of the men in the valley.
She could not define their expressions, it was not happiness or any emotion pertaining to joy, their faces were taut and solemn, but it was a glowing solemnity-she thought-if this were possible, and the odd glow she felt within her, told her that her own face had the same look.
"There’s something I want you to know," said Cherryl, her voice taut and harsh, "so that there won’t be any pretending about it.
Taut like a string pulled by anger against the impertinence at one end and by admiration for the frankness at the other, Rearden answered, "I’ll admit it, if you wish.
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