Just as in the mechanism of a clock, so in the mechanism of the military machine, an impulse once given leads to the final result; and just as indifferently quiescent till the moment when motion is transmitted to them are the parts of the mechanism which the impulse has not yet reached.
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She is always on the move and busy, but her boyfriend is quiet and quiescent.
Lady Bertram was perfectly quiescent and contented, and had no objections to make.