Since that the moment of the lead touching the bottom by the sudden time the British cable-ships have been busy in all the oceans slackening in the rate at which the line ran out.
The Prussians had seized the opportunity offered by the slackening of the French attacks to rally and deliver a counterstroke, which was parried, after achieving a small measure of success, by the bayonets of the Young Guard.
That the conversion of the English to Christianity had anything to do with their slackening from the work of conquest it would be wrong to assert.
The university atmosphere here was less ascetic than at Paris, but Calvin's ardour knew no slackening, and such was his progress in legal knowledge that he was frequently called upon to lecture, in the absence of one or other of the regular staff.
The general looked the captain up and down as he came up panting, slackening his pace as he approached.
The shaft horse swung steadily beneath the bow over its head, with no thought of slackening pace and ready to put on speed when required.
"Lanciers du 6-me," * replied Dolokhov, neither hastening nor slackening his horse's pace.
But besides this, since the exhaustion and enormous diminution of the army caused by the rapidity of the advance had become evident, another reason for slackening the pace and delaying presented itself to Kutuzov.