Ok, not to drag this out anymore than necessary... Perhaps instead of the print, I should've said scene. If you think about the original scene, and if your eye is adjusted to see into the shadows, then the lights will be too bright.
Bright = light = heat = fire = burnt out. (granted, burning creates char, which is black....ay yay yay).
When you wear sunglasses, are you not "holding back" the light?
My words made it unclear whether or not I understood the basic functions of printing, but I assure you I do.
I speak colloquially I guess, and I think that anyone looking at the scene with me, would agree that the highlights need to be "held back" in order to balance them with the shadows.