To say the truth, these soporific parts are so many scenes of serious artfully interwoven, in order to contrast and set off the rest; and this is the true meaning of a late facetious writer, who told the public that whenever he was dull they might be assured there was a design in it.
And after this warning, if he shall be of opinion that he can find enough of serious in other parts of this history, he may pass over these, in which we profess to be laboriously dull, and begin the following books at the second chapter.
Now, when your weapons are dulled
, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity.
Instead of the customary humble and grateful thanks from the non-escorted one there was to be perceived a high- poised head, a prideful dimpling at the corners of a broad mouth, and almost a sparkle in a dull brown eye.
"I knew it, Dempsey," she said, as her eyes grew dull even in their tears.
'I've only got the news in this letter, which you stigmatize as dull
and stupid, and won't let me read.'
Here it is!" was seen even on Prince Bagration's hard brown face with its half-closed, dull
, sleepy eyes.
'Can't you dream in your straw at home, dull
dog as you are, that you need come here to do it?--Reach me those slippers, and tread softly.'
Here are seven of you, besides myself, (who, she is pleased to say, am very entertaining already,) and she only demands from each of you either one thing very clever, be it prose or verse, original or repeatedor two things moderately clever or three things very dull
indeed, and she engages to laugh heartily at them all."
When he saw that all were in their places, he cast a dull
look over his prisoners, and addressed himself to the Captain, as the principal man among the imaginary delinquents.
Why preyest thou thus upon the poet's heart, Vulture, whose wings are dull
This house is dark and dull
and dreer No light doth shine from far or near Its like the tomb.