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Timidity

See also Cowardice.
Alden, John
(c. 1599–1687) too timid to ask for Priscilla’s hand in marriage. [Am. Lit.: “The Courtship of Miles Standish” in Benét, 230]
Bergson, Emil
could only express love for Marie in secret thoughts. [Am. Lit.: 0 Pioneers!, Magill I, 663–665]
Blushington, Edward
upon taking marriage vows, he needs wine to say “I do.” [Br. Lit.: The Bashful Man, Walsh Modern, 62–63]
Cowardly Lion
timid king of beasts. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
Crane, Ichabod
timorous schoolteacher. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
cyclamen
traditional symbol of timidity. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 400]
Florimel
feared “the smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor.” [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Kent, Clark
mild-mannered reporter whose dynamic alter ego is Superman. [Comics: Berger, 146]
Little Dorrit
withdrawn, self-effacing seamstress. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
Little Miss Muffet
frightened away by a spider. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 323]
Milquetoast, Casper
the timid soul; easily controlled by others. [Comics: The Timid Soul, Espy, 141]
Mitty, Walter
timid, henpecked husband. [Am. Lit.: Payton, 448]
Peepers, Mr
. shy character in TV series. [TV: Terrace, II, 118–119]
peony
symbol of shyness and timidity. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Piglet
diffident little pig; tremulously courageous. [Children’s Lit.: Winnie-the-Pooh]
Prufrock, J. Alfred
indecisive man, too shy and evasive to make a proposal. [Br. Poetry: T. S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”]
rush
indicates docility and diffidence. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
Wingfield, Laura
crippled girl so shy that she has withdrawn into her own confined world. [Am. Drama: Williams The Glass Menagerie in Benét, 400]
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