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Modesty

See also Chastity, Humility.
Bell, Laura
reserved, demure character. [Br. Lit.: Pendennis]
Bianca
gentle, unassuming sister of Kate. [Br. Lit.: The Taming of the Shrew]
fig leaves
used to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness. [O.T.: Genesis 3:7]
pearl
emblem of discreet shyness. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 69]
sweet violet
indicates a modest temperament. [Flower Symbol-ism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
References in classic literature ?
Through a touch of self-seeking that modest artist of solid merit became untrue to his temperament.
At this opening, the features of the man of modest exterior relaxed; and, as if he had watched the moment for his entrance, as D'Artagnan spoke, the host appeared, bearing the announced dishes.
"I don't consider it modest, and I'm sure Rose will be shocked at it," began Mrs.
The maiden sisters at home wrote to Aurelia two or three times a year, and sent modest but serviceable presents to the children at Christmas, but refused to assist L.
She said you were prudent, and sweet-tempered, and affectionate; to which I wish to add that you have just the face and figure that I like, and the modest manners and the blessed absence of all slang in your talk, which I don't find in the young women I meet with in the present day.
There was one point which Mr Swiveller deemed it unnecessary to enlarge upon, and that was the fact of the modest quencher, which, by reason of its intrinsic strength and its coming close upon the heels of the temperate beverage he had discussed at dinner, awakened a slight degree of fever, and rendered necessary two or three other modest quenchers at the public-house in the course of the evening.
Jo knew that `young Laurence' was regarded as a most eligible parti by worldly mamas, was much smiled upon by their daughters, and flattered enough by ladies of all ages to make a coxcomb of him, so she watched him rather jealously, fearing he would be spoiled, and rejoiced more than she confessed to find that he still believed in modest girls.
"Well, a body is bound to admit that for just a modest little one-line ad., it's a corker."
Perhaps they thought that our means were too modest for them, and, therefore, unworthy of politeness or reticence.
Kutuzov was occupying a nobleman's castle of modest dimensions near Ostralitz.
Modest Cecilia appealed to her school friends for help; addressing herself in the first instance (by the secretary's advice) to Francine, as the eldest.
This time the opportunity presented what he fatuously termed to himself a "cinch." A young woman of a modest and pleasing guise was standing before a show window gazing with sprightly interest at its display of shaving mugs and inkstands, and two yards from the window a large policeman of severe demeanour leaned against a water plug.