All day long we seemed to dawdle through a country which was full of beauty of every kind.
dawdle: to do something or go somewhere very slowly, taking more time than is necessary.
Stop dawdling! You’ll be late for school!
They are picturesque, but do not look prepossessing.
prepossessing: interesting, attractive, or impressive:
He wasn’t a very prepossessing sort of person. The box didn’t look very prepossessing, but the necklace inside was beautiful.
… very harmless and rather wanting in natural self-assertion.
self-assertion: confidence that you have in speaking firmly about your opinions and demanding the rights that you believe you should have.
…her silence and lack of self-assertion.
but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent
reticent: unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings
He is very reticent about his past.
Finally she went down on her knees and implored me not to go
implore: to ask someone to do or not do something in a very sincere, emotional, and determined way
She implored her parents not to send her away to school.
… but my duty was imperative …
imperative: extremely important or urgent
The president said it was imperative that the release of all hostages be secured.
with its background of rich foliage of oleander and orange trees …
foliage: the leaves of a plant or tree
Dense foliage blocked the path.
There was everywhere a bewildering mass of fruit blossom…
bewildering: confusing and difficult to understand
He gave me directions to his house, but I found them utterly bewildering.
I could see the green grass under the trees spangled with the follen petals.
spangle: to decorate or cover (something) with many small, shiny objects
… but the driver was evidently bent on losing no time …
bent on: to be very determined to do something
He was bent on quitting his job even though he was making a lot of money.