107. Dullness; Mediocrity;
He attacked Gray, calling him "a dull fellow." Boswell: I
understand he was reserved, and might appear dull in company;
but surely he was not dull in poetry." Johnson: "Sir, he
was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was
dull in a new way, and that made many people think him
was a mechanical poet."
1,512. Dullness; Ouch!!
"Why, Sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken
him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him. Such an
excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature."