latent hostility, stress, accent, tensity, tightness, focus, emphasis, tension, strain, tautness.
made the oldest trick in the world serve Lockley's purpose.
Nobody else had heard anything, but Leland's figure was outlined against the last of the light, and there was an ominous tenseness
and expectancy in his attitude.
I don't know why an emotional tenseness
should have crept into the situation.