An ostensible complaint
Ostensible: Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.
If your spouse is reticent she is
Reticent: Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily.
A surly friend of yours
Surly: Bad-tempered and unfriendly.
You would find a knoll
Knoll: A small hill or mound.
When you allay fears, you
Allay: Diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry)
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