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demure

affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

custom

accepted or habitual practice

dowry

money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage

court

respectful deference

suitor

a man who courts a woman

bachelor

a man who has never been married

shrew

small mouselike mammal with a long snout

taunting

aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing

lute

chordophone consisting of a plucked instrument having a pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard

barbs

sharp critical comments

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