References in classic literature ?
You know I have always been intensely interested in Balzac, who never shrank from the reality, and whose almost LURID pictures of Parisian life have often haunted me in my wanderings through the old wicked- looking streets on the other side of the river.
Her tender nature, shrinking from the hard necessities of life, shrank from the cruelly-close prospect of parting.
At her age she naturally shrank from revisiting the home scenes now occupied by the strangers to whom our house had been let.