The days of prudery
and prejudice are days gone by.
Pontellier most forcibly was their entire absence of prudery
. Their freedom of expression was at first incomprehensible to her, though she had no difficulty in reconciling it with a lofty chastity which in the Creole woman seems to be inborn and unmistakable.
There was nothing mean or ungenerous in the young man's heart, and he was glad that his future wife should not be restrained by false prudery
from being kind (in private) to her unhappy cousin; but to receive Countess Olenska in the family circle was a different thing from producing her in public, at the Opera of all places, and in the very box with the young girl whose engagement to him, Newland Archer, was to be announced within a few weeks.
When the reader hath duly reflected on these many charms which all centered in our heroe, and considers at the same time the fresh obligations which Mrs Waters had to him, it will be a mark more of prudery
than candour to entertain a bad opinion of her because she conceived a very good opinion of him.
I don't know what is the good of such prudery
; if it is for honour's sake, why not marry them?
It was a story that Philip was not unaccustomed to: the husband had been a soldier in India; the legislation forced upon that country by the prudery
of the English public had given a free run to the most distressing of all diseases; the innocent suffered.
Not alone because of the privacy and holiness of the subject, but because of what might have been prudery
in the middle class, but which in them was the modesty and reticence found in individuals of the working class when they strive after clean living and morality.
I assuredly esteem as a rarity this nunlike prudery
which is preserved untamed amid those Bohemian girls who are so easily brought into subjection.
Then I saw her frame convulse, shudderingly, her muscles reacting to her rapidly lowering temperature, and casting prudery
to the winds, I threw myself down beside her and took her in my arms, pressing her body close to mine.
, affectation, and a relic of the dark ages of the Zenana.
There was no prudery
about him; he would not decline to join a pleasure party; he in no way offended against military standards; but when questioned as to his affairs of the heart, he either kept silence or answered with a jest.
I'll do more than that; I'll drag that pattern of chastity, that pink of prudery
, the delicate sister, through--'