The unnatural pallor of the moonlight seemed to dissolve the differences of their faces and to stress the quality they all had in common: a look of cautious appraisal, part fear, part plea, part impertinence held in abeyance.
There are no more uses of "abeyance" in the book.
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It was as if a vast store of energy had been held inside her, bounding about in a terribly long, great waiting, such an abeyance really being the most lovely thing to me, and harrowing as well.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
With loneliness in abeyance and with my creative juices in full flow, I could not have been happier ….