It is singular how diffident
a normally self-confident man can become, once he is in love.
We see the diffident
young man, mild of moustache, affluent of hair, indigent of brain, elegant of costume, drive up to her father's mansion, tell his hackman to bail out and wait, start fearfully up the steps and meet "the old gentleman" right on the threshold
Then, in a diffident
sort of way, as once before I had heard him do, he suggested that we should throw ourselves on the mercy of a higher Power, which for my part I did with great vigour.
Princess Mary seemed even quieter and more diffident
He was a diffident
though distinguished nurseryman, and feared that the audience might regard his bid as a foolish one.
Bernard dog accompanied me, though I have always been diffident
of taking him to toy-shops, which over-excite him.
Francine exhibited another new side to her character--a diffident
and humble side.
His great powers, his masterly manner, and the experience which I had had of his many extraordinary qualities, all made me diffident
and backward in crossing him.
The main reason, however, is really to be found in Gray's own over-painstaking and diffident
He preserved his serene, gentle expression, I am told (for I have not witnessed those scenes myself), and looked around at the people with an air of placid sufficiency which was the first hint to the world of the man's overweening, unmeasurable conceit, hidden hitherto under a diffident
Mary Millward was another mute, - not so much tormented with cruel kindness as Dick Wilson, because she had a certain short, decided way of answering and refusing, and was supposed to be rather sullen than diffident
Having therefore--but hold, as we are diffident
of our own abilities, let us here invite a superior power to our assistance.
He was too diffident
to aspire to Aileen's notice; so he usually sat at one of Tildy's tables, where he devoted himself to silence and boiled weakfish.
The turn of her head was a little diffident
, almost shy.
I throw out these queries for intelligent readers to answer, who know, at once, how credulous we are, and how sceptical, how soft and how obstinate, how firm for others and how diffident
about ourselves: meanwhile, it is certain that our friend William Dobbin, who was personally of so complying a disposition that if his parents had pressed him much, it is probable he would have stepped down into the kitchen and married the cook, and who, to further his own interests, would have found the most insuperable difficulty in walking across the street, found himself as busy and eager in the conduct of George Osborne's affairs, as the most selfish tactician could be in the pursuit of his own.