He fought for self-control, lest he should pull the rip-cord too soon and cause his own death.
After falling a hundred feet, he pulled the rip-cord, and left the rest to chance.
He counted up to twenty, then tightened his grip on the rip-cord ring and jerked it hard.
He fought down an almost overwhelming urge to pull his rip-cord too soon.
Then Jimmy saw him reach for the rip-cord, grasp the metal ring, and give it a sharp jerk.
He grabbed his rip-cord ring with his freed right hand, yanked hard, grabbed his bottle to him with both hands again, and waited.
He didnt pull the rip-cord until he had fallen quite a way, because he didnt want the ships to fall on him.
The instant it was past, Warren yanked his rip-cord, and it wasnt a moment too soon, either.
At any rate he cut off thinking about other things and gave the rip-cord ring a smart jerk.