the light mast sprung like a switch.

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enkidu68

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turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: Can you make a comment on bold one?


By night it was a reef-topsail-breeze; but so impatient was the captain to make his port before a shift of wind overtook us, that even yet we carried a main-topgallant-sail, though the light mast sprung like a switch.
 
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