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