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.
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.
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.
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.
The temperature then falls rapidly and there is a gradual slackening in the production of organic substance and a general lethargy of life.