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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withdrawn, self-effacing seamstress.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crippled girl so shy that she has withdrawn into her own confined world.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]
References in classic literature ?
He must give up the notion of his father's legacy; but it was not likely he would ever want that trifle; and even if he did--why, it was a compensation to think that in being for ever divided from his family he was divided from Jacob, more terrible than Gorgon or Demogorgon to David's timid green eyes.
Nay," said Dinah, looking up with timid eyes, "not so.
I saw that he was isolated, as I was, though from a different cause, and, stimulated by a sympathetic resentment, I made timid advances towards him.
Whereupon Colombe de Gaillefontaine, another beautiful blonde, with a white skin, dressed to the neck in blue damask, ventured a timid remark which she addressed to Fleur-de-Lys, in the hope that the handsome captain would reply to it, "My dear Gondelaurier, have you seen the tapestries of the Hôtel de la Roche-Guyon?
Her timid lips I have said, but they were not timid then, and when I knew her the timid lips had come.
And now, and for the first time, he was a suppliant, tender and timid and doubting.
You have been described to me, by Miss Lockwood, as rather a nervous, timid sort of person--and, if I may trust my own observation, I should say you justify the description.
He walked with a certain swing of the shoulders which appalled the timid.
The Robber being slain, the timid companion ran up and drew his sword, and then, throwing back his traveling cloak said, "I'll at him, and I'll take care he shall learn whom he has attacked.
Timid people took fright at the idea of a shot weighing 20,000 pounds being launched into space; they asked what cannon could ever transmit a sufficient velocity to such a mighty mass.
Ah, we were made to remain nigh unto each other, ye kindly strange marvels; and not like timid birds did ye come to me and my longing--nay, but as trusting ones to a trusting one!
Rhine wine, please," said the young officer, stealing a timid glance at Vronsky, and trying to pull his scarcely visible mustache.