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protract

(prō-trăkt′, prə-)
tr.v. pro·tracted, pro·tracting, pro·tracts
1. To draw out or lengthen in time; prolong: disputants who needlessly protracted the negotiations.
2. Mathematics To draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor; plot.
3. Anatomy To extend or protrude (a body part).

pro·tract′ed·ly (-trăk′tĭd-lē) adv.
pro·tract′ed·ness n.
pro·trac′tive adj.

protract

(prō-trakt′) [L. protrahere, to draw out, prolong]
To extend or lengthen in time or space.
2. In anatomy, to extend or protrude forward and outward.
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Whether this involves an imposition, as in Allen's case, or extensive deferral, as in Wystan's, the drive (conversely the lure) that is shared is at once possessive, protective and protractive. The compelling attraction, the fumbled attentions, gropings, remain secretive and unrealisable.
Of course, these stocks have been in a protractive bear relative market.