a young woman that is well spoken with manners and can be outwardly shy/reserved. Innocent in thought and therefore attractive in a way that is unknown to her. She doesn't seek to attract, but attraction follows her due to her coy, playful, serious but shy behaviour. Many women are not like this, but many women of the old times were eg. Jane Austin period.
she appeared coy and demure.
Of a quiet
nature. Somebody who is serious
) and even shy
. For most of the 1800s, this was the ideal for a woman, as illustrated in Jane Austen
's works and the works of many poet
s, writers, artist
s, and leaders. Not necessarily a doormat
, but certainly a docile
kind of persona.