The general looked the captain up and down as he came up panting, slackening his pace as he approached.
It caused a slackening of that spirit of communal initiative which had awakened in the midst of unprecedented disasters.
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.
But his retirement did not mean cessation of active work or any slackening of interest in the scientific thought of the day.
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.