I am writing about the biblical Eve for the Best American Poetry blog this week (one post a day) and am exploring her life though poetry and biblical commentary. I believe that the key to modesty can be found in the story of Eve. After all, she and Adam were the first people to think to cover themselves. But why would covering the body be the first response to eating something forbidden and something so seemingly innocuous as a piece of fruit? And how is it possible that Eve transgressed when she previously lived with such clarity and focus? How did the snake manage to pull her out of her lucidity and into bewilderment? And when God asks them why they were hiding, does Adam respond, “I was afraid because I am naked”? Why would nakedness produce fear? One might expect being naked causing embarrassment, but why is trepidation the response here? I delve into these questions and hope to discover some of the inner meanings of modesty and its source, and how the value of sexual reticence in public settings in our culture developed.