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 "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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