"Up to now I have never kissed you."
She was as scarlet as if he had put the thing most indelicately.
"No─more you have," she stammered.
"Then I ask you─may I now?"
"Of course, you may, Cecil. You might before. I can't run at you, you know."
At that supreme moment he was conscious of nothing but absurdities. Her reply was inadequate. She gave such a business-like lift to her veil. As he approached her he found time to with that he could recoil.
1. scarlet [ˋskɑrlɪt] (adj.) bright red in color
2. indelicate (adj.) [ mainly literary ] rude and likely offend people
3. stammer (v.) to keep repeating a sound and have difficulty in saying certain words because of a speech problem, nervousness, excitement etc: stutter
Example: Nina, blushing with embarrassment, began to stammer.
stammer out (phrasal vb) to say something while stammering
Example: The boy managed to stammer out a description of his attacker.
(n.) [ singular ] a speech problem that makes you repeat a sound several times when you try to say certain words
Example: an insecure young man with a slight stammer
4. inadequate [ɪnˋædəkwɪt] (adj.) not enough or not good enough for a particular purpose
Example: We are trying to provide basic education with inadequate resources.
Example: Existing laws are inadequate to deal with these problems.
Example: The government's response was condemned as totally inadequate.
(adj.) someone who is inadequate does not feel confident that they can deal with the situation they are in
Example: Some people feel totally inadequate when faced with new responsibilities.
5. recoil [rɪˋkɔɪl] (v.) to move quickly back from someone or something frightening or unpleasant
Example: She felt him recoil from her.
(v.) to feel very strongly that something is frightening or unpleasant
Example: She recoiled in horror at the thought of it.