Wondrous Words Wednesday – Reticence

Posted November 24, 2021 by elzaread in Wondrous Words Wednesday / 10 Comments

Greetings Humans! Welcome to Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by yours truly. The concept is fairly easy – all you need to do, is share any new (or new to you) words you came across this week and share them with us. You are also welcome to share words you simply want to show off to us. For more on Wondrous Words Wednesday, you can click here.

Our Wondrous Word for today, is a word that is probably well known to those of you who speak the Queen’s English. Here in South Africa, we also speak the Queen’s English, the question is just which Queen you refer to. I do love the English language and I so enjoy seeing simple, every day words just slipping through my Mommy’s grasp of understanding. Like this one:

Reticence is one of those words that are best described by looking at its synonyms.

  • reserve
  • restraint
  • inhibition
  • shyness
  • disinclination
  • hesitance
  • reluctance
  • unwillingness

These are not characteristics you would easily use to describe me. However, I can think of a few bookish characters who would fit the bill perfectly.

The first character to spring to mind is of course Mr. Darcy. The cake, the statue and the portrayals. Mr. Darcy is the perfect personification of the word reticence and all its synonyms. I got the picture from Literary Hub. The blogpost is attached, worth the read!


Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. What a shock the high-spirited Anne Shirley, with her boisterous and passionate personality  must have been to the reticence of the Cuthbert siblings.  

Who ever would have believed that the shy, reluctant, reserved Neville Longbottom would become one of the biggest heroes of Harry Potter. I think Neville just needed a fluffy white cat much sooner in the series.

Matilda and Miss Honey. Both of these are also a perfect fit for our Wondrous Word. I’m just glad that things worked out and that Matilda got to stay with Miss Honey forever and ever. I like that adoption story almost as much as I like my own.

Which of these are your favorite? Are there any other bookish characters who you would describe as showing some reticence?

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10 responses to “Wondrous Words Wednesday – Reticence

  1. My dad’s people are from Scotland, and there’s something about his family that makes me think of reticent.

    Here are the Wednesday memes that existed (though some were inactive) when I last checked, a couple of years ago:

    Can’t Wait Wednesday at Wishful Endings. Weekly. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday created by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

    WWW Wednesday at Taking On a World of Words. Weekly. The three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

    Shelf Control at Bookshelf Fantasies. Weekly. Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up. For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out the introductory post, here.

    Library Loot at The Captive Reader and Silly Little Mischief. Weekly. Share the books that you got from the library each week.

    Wordless Wednesday at Wordless Wednesday. Weekly. Post a photo without words.

    This Week in Books at Lipsyy Lost & Found. Weekly. A post to share what you’re reading — now, then, and next.

    Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole’s Random Life in Books each Wednesday, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to the post.

    My Favorite…at Bookishly Rebecca. Weekly. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others. Feel free to use my My Favorite.. image or make your own.

    What Are You Reading Wednesday at Marissa Writes. Inactive. Share the book/s you are reading with their author, maybe even the cover… and then answer these questions for at least one of them. 1. Why did you decide to pick up this book – cover or content? 2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why? 3. Will you finish this one? 4. Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of… (other books, movies, TV shows…) 5. What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down,…)

    Waiting on Wednesday at Breaking the Spine. Inactive. A weekly event that allows you to spotlight and show off your most anticipating books.

    Wishlist Wednesday at Pen to Paper. Inactive. Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

    These are listed on a page about memes on my blog under the header with links.

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    • elzaread

      Dearest Debbie, oh gosh! How wonderful you are!! This is going to take me busy for a day or two, but I am going to go through all of them and see which one will the best fit.

      Thank you so much!!

    • elzaread

      Thank you! I should really try to spend more time scheduling a few WWW posts over the holidays and get it out a bit better.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ooh! Now you have put me on the spot. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a bookish character to whom the word applies. So let’s just say that I am ‘reticent’ about committing myself to naming names, but if I think of anyone, I’ll be sure to stop by and add to my comment!

    I hope that all is well with you. I am so busy with Blog Tour Reviews that I hardly get a minute to myself and I am still not quite 100% after getting my Pfizer Booster Jab. My first two jabs were Astra Zeneca and they were okay, but this one has knocked me for six! 🙂

    • elzaread

      Hi Yvonne! Ha ha ha!! I actually wanted to add Jane Eyre as well, but she slipped my mind for a second. So don’t feel bad at all.

      Things are good here yes, it’s been a really tough year and I’m glad that the holidays are just around the corner.

      Sorry to hear your second shot hit you for a six. I had the J&J shot earlier this year and we are only up for boosters somewhere in the new year. I do hope you are feeling better!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!