Freedom from labor, responsibility, or strain
Classical studies he regarded as an agreeable relaxation from severer pursuits.
A further relaxation appears about the same time.
During the seven years which he passed in the drudgery of penning definitions and marking quotations for transcription, he sought for relaxation in literary labour of a more agreeable kind.
People in these jobs know two states: working, which they do not enjoy, and relaxation, which is far better.
When those occasions arose, Betsy stepped in and tried to talk Howie into the state of relaxation he required.