not a little abashed;


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Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Context: Harry brought his friend Redburn to a mysterious place called Palace of Alaaddin.
Question: Whether he got embarrassed or not? I am asking this because next sentence states that he has not been contacting with civil people.

The cabman being paid, Harry adjusting his whiskers and mustache, and bidding me assume a lounging look, pushed his hat a little to one side, and then locking arms, we sauntered into the house; myself feeling not a little abashed; it was so long since I had been in any courtly society.
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    He felt abashed to a significant degree (I was going to write "very abashed" but that might be overstating it); he was more than a little abashed..
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