The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
I never laughed, being bashful. (8)
Laughing seems to be the typical response to being bashful, but the wife seems to avoid laughing because it draws unwanted attention to her.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall. (9)
The wife lowers her head and looks at the wall to avoid eye contact. Could this be a sign of deference to her husband? Or is she simply being stubborn and ignoring him?