A long silence ensued, which gave, for a moment, repose
to the troubled imagination of Athos; and as he felt that that which he saw was not terminated, he applied more attentively the eyes of his understanding on the strange spectacle which his imagination had presented.
The doctors, this time, had no fear for his life, provided that his patience would support him through a lengthened period of the most absolute repose
I felt sensibly refreshed after a night of sound repose
, and immediately agreed to the proposition of my valet that I should repair to the water and wash, although dreading the suffering that the exertion might produce.
But stillness and repose
, at such a time of anxious expectation, are hard to bear.
Motion under such conditions is "felt" no more than repose
; and when a body is in repose
it will remain so as long as no strange force displaces it; if moving, it will not stop unless an obstacle comes in its way.