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The shiest people offstage are suddenly transformed onstage.
Several qualities or circumstances have made one of the shiest objects in the world--perhaps contemplation's most elusive prey--of a little animal which, rather than being named, should first be cautiously evoked, allowed to enter the channel of circumlocution by its own momentum so that our words reach the dialectical point where it is situated both by its form and its environment, as well as by its mute condition and its manner of exercising its legitimate profession.