Examples of 'the power of three'
Varjak gasped, ducked, swung around.
They were massive, mighty, unstoppable.
It made him cough and cough and cough.
In the distance, he could hear those fearsome metal monsters roaring along the roads. He could taste their poison smoke in the air. He could hear, too, the hisses and growls of the street cats...
he saw himself slip, slide, skid off that wall.
Still, he had to get on with his mission: find a dog, take it home, beat the gentleman and his cats.