But he could never pledge himself frankly in one sense or the other, and this vacillation prevented him from attaining any decisive results.
There was a momentary vacillation even in Rome.
This vacillation put an end to all hope of a reconciliation of parties in the island.
After a period of vacillation Hanover threw in her lot with Austria, the decisive step being taken when the question of the mobilization of the federal army was voted upon in the diet on the 14th of June 1866.
But the Austrians had no intention of attacking him, for time was now working on their side and, leaving his men to starve in the exhausted district, the emperor again returned to Dresden, where for the rest of the month he remained in an extraordinary state of vacillation.