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  • ’I suppose no one ever had occasion to think you too diffident, or too delicate,’ Louisa answered him composedly: ’I have never made that objection to you, either as a child or as a woman.

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  • She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
  • At first, he could give no encouragement; with unfeigned diffidence, he expressed his conviction that he was not adequate to the performance of so great a task;
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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