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  • filtering audibly through the shattering, overwhelming howl of the plane’s engines, and then there were just Kid Sampson’s two pale, skinny legs, still joined by strings somehow at the bloody truncated hips, standing stock-still on the raft for what seemed a full minute or two before they toppled over backward into the water finally with a faint, echoing splash and turned completely upside down so that only the grotesque toes and the plaster-white soles of Kid Sampson’s feet remained…

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  • My phone battery was running low, so I had to truncate the conversation.
  • He was racing along, his truncated tail held high, in the wheel Mr. McDuff had built for him.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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