"You refused to satisfy my eager longing; on the contrary, you increased it by the obstinate refusals of an alarmed modesty."   



seemingly contradictory

to be shocked/ excited  while also

subtle/ shy 


untamed hair,  covering half her face

leaning next to a stairway 

bare legs, crossed one in front of each other 


she didn't say a single word

her mouth half open

biting the side of a lower lip 


arms across the front of her chest

robe wrapped tight,  

holding herself in/  or back








- Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

A*larmed" (#), a.

Aroused to vigilance; excited by fear of approaching danger; agitated; disturbed; as, an alarmed neighborhood; an alarmed modesty.

The white pavilions rose and fell On the alarmed air. Longfellow.


© Webster 1913.

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