Day by day, nevertheless, their sour and rigid wrinkles were relaxing
into something which, in the due course of years, might grow to be an expression of almost benevolence.
First, there were the tight-rein drivers -- men who seemed to think that all depended on holding the reins as hard as they could, never relaxing
the pull on the horse's mouth, or giving him the least liberty of movement.
A softness gathered over the lurid fires of her eye; she looked down, and Tom could feel the relaxing
muscles of her hands, as she said,
WHEN I did get to bed at last I was unspeakably tired; the stretching out, and the relaxing
of the long-tense muscles, how luxurious, how delicious
All the rest of that day, and from morning to night afterwards, she sat at that desk, scratching composedly with a hard pen, speaking in the same imperturbable whisper to everybody; never relaxing
a muscle of her face, or softening a tone of her voice, or appearing with an atom of her dress astray.
Soon after I heard a general shout, with frequent repetitions of the words PEPLOM SELAN; and I felt great numbers of people on my left side relaxing
the cords to such a degree, that I was able to turn upon my right, and to ease myself with making water; which I very plentifully did, to the great astonishment of the people; who, conjecturing by my motion what I was going to do, immediately opened to the right and left on that side, to avoid the torrent, which fell with such noise and violence from me.
The curate at once hastened to uncover her face and throw water on it, and as he did so Don Fernando, for he it was who held the other in his arms, recognised her and stood as if death-stricken by the sight; not, however, relaxing
his grasp of Luscinda, for it was she that was struggling to release herself from his hold, having recognised Cardenio by his voice, as he had recognised her.
A little to his right rose the noisy activity of his troop of sun-tanned veterans, released for the time from the irksome trammels of discipline, relaxing
tired muscles, laughing, joking, and smoking as they, too, prepared to eat after a twelve-hour fast.
Presently, he not relaxing
in his disordered walk, the images began to come clearer and stay longer in his fancy; and next the power of thought came back to him, and the horror and danger of his situation rooted him to the ground.
He was sustained at first by that pride of conscious innocence which is the sequence to hope; then he began to doubt his own innocence, which justified in some measure the governor's belief in his mental alienation; and then, relaxing
his sentiment of pride, he addressed his supplications, not to God, but to man.
Conscious that the silken girth--if silk it were--was relaxing
its hold, she turned aside into the shelter of the maple-trees, and there found a young man asleep by the spring
Come, that's wise of you, Ben," said Adam, laughing and relaxing