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In "The Leap," what does Anna decide to do when the circus tent pole is struck by lightning?

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In "The Leap," the circus tent pole is struck by lightning during a performance by the Flying Avalons. In fact, the lightning strikes at the exact moment that Anna and her husband are mid-air, their hands about to meet.

Realizing the danger, Anna acts quickly to save her own life. Firstly, she does not grab Harry as he falls to the ground. Instead, she changes the direction of her body, twisting her body towards a wire made of braided metal. This enables Anna to make her second move: she grabs hold of the braided metal, but she burns her hands because it is still hot from the sizzle of the lightning. Finally, from the...

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