fragile state could mean "afraid"
The verb LAY: meanings and examples
1- lay something up = store something for future use
We laid some potatoes for use in the winter months.
2- lay someone up = to cause someone to be ill in bed
A broken leg laid me for two months
3- lay aside (a) = reject something
I have to lay aside your opinion
lay aside (b) to put something apart or to the side
Lay that glass aside because it's broken.
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