Real shyness is to shy away from shameful acts. The rest are like shyness of pretty women. Food, clothing and the rest are common to all. Distinction comes from sensitivity to shame. All souls abide in the body And the goodness called modesty in perfection. Is not modesty the jewel of the great, And without it a curse for their pride and demeanor? To the world, the sense of shame resides in them Who blush for their and others’ blame. The great would rather defend with modesty's barricade Than breach it to acquire the vast world. Men of honour give up life for honour’s sake, But never abandon honour to save life. Virtue will shy away from one who does not shy away From what others shy from. Lapse in manners injures the family, But every good is lost by lack of shame. The moves of those devoid of conscience Are like those of puppets moved by a string.