Read the excerpt from Heart of a Samurai.

But no sooner had he said this than the wind began to roar like a dragon. The sail filled with air and yanked the boat on its side until Denzo released the line. Freed, the sail whipped about, flapping like a wounded bird. Toraemon grabbed the oars and pulled, while Jusuke tried to lower the sail.

Which words best help to create a fast pace in the excerpt?

A) “sooner,” “filled,” and “released”
B) “yanked,” “whipped,” and “grabbed”
C) “wounded,” “pulled,” and “lower”
D) “dragon,” “boat,” and “oars”

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