I often let my legs drop, and could feel no bottom; but when I was almost gone, and able to struggle no longer, I found myself within my depth; and by this time the storm was much abated.
The reader will easily believe, that from what I had hear and seen, my keen appetite for perpetuity of life was much abated.
…or incest; others, to the prostituting of their own wives and daughters; others, to the betraying of their country or their prince; some, to poisoning; more to the perverting of justice, in order to destroy the innocent, I hope I may be pardoned, if these discoveries inclined me a little to abate of that profound veneration, which I am naturally apt to pay to persons of high rank, who ought to be treated with the utmost respect due to their sublime dignity, by us their inferiors.
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The storm abated.
When he opened them again it was evening and some of the sharp pain had abated, there were many dull aches, and the crash came back to him fully.