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    Throb, Snap and pop

    Hi,

    I am not sure if I understand the bold text correctly.

    But as I stood in wonder, a gust of greater vehemence romped through the house, and I was instantly conscious of the harsh snap of something near me. There was a minute's breathless pause—and then—quick, quick—ever quicker—came the throb, and the snap, and the pop, in vastly wide circular succession, of the anchoring chains of the mansion before the urgent shoulder of the hurricane.

    Vaila, M.P.Shiel, 1896
    Does it describe the destruction of the chains? I mean, the throb (the chain is strung), the snap (the chain has snapped) and the pop (the broken chain hits the ground)?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Throb, Snap and pop

    Yes; although I would suggest that the "snap" and the "pop" may be the sounds of two different chains breaking.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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