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  • n. Plural form of shyness.


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  • “He was an impresario of writers and books,” she wrote long afterward, “but a man of such tender understanding of the needs and delicacies and shynesses of talented persons that he guided without seeming to do so…. he never seemed to lead although he did not follow, he uncovered without shaping.”


  • “I saw him an overworked boy, starving for books, hungry for school, loathing the land and tied to it until he was twenty-one,” wrote Pearl, who came in the end to understand better than anyone except her mother the inner furies that scourged Absalom, “his austerities, his shynesses, his fires so deep and so strangely banked, the powerful mystic motive of his life.”


  • I will allow you those; and also some little natural shynesses — and so you shall not come down, if you chuse not to come down.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • “For anyone with a stutter,” he once remarked, “the shynesses of youth are magnified out of all proportion.”

    Knotted Tongues

  • I think they were all easterners, and this would explain away certain characteristic shynesses of temper and of expression in them.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets

  • Oh, the long hours that pass like a flash in delightful talk, the secrets that the soul first reveals to itself in revealing them to the beloved, the caresses longed for and yet half feared, the lovers 'quarrels, the tears that are kissed away, the shynesses, the simplicity, the abandonment of a pure and passionate love -- who may hope to know you twice in a lifetime?

    Stories by Foreign Authors: Italian

  • They have outlived the shynesses and restraints of girlhood, and not attained to the caution and discretion of middle age.

    Dangerous Ages

  • She was afraid of children; she was awkward with them; because such passion has shynesses, distances, and terrors unknown to the average comfortable women who become happy mothers.

    The Three Brontes

  • A dozen shynesses and intellectual barriers were being outflanked or broken down in her mind.

    Ann Veronica: A Modern Love Story

  • What do women who love and understand little boys do to put them at their ease, to break down their small shynesses?

    In the Wilderness


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