'Shot beyond him, I mean,' resumed Nicholas, 'in quite another respect, for, whereas he brought within the magic circle of his genius, traditions peculiarly adapted for his purpose, and turned familiar things into constellations which should enlighten the world for ages, you drag within the magic circle of your dulness
, subjects not at all adapted to the purposes of the stage, and debase as he exalted.
There was a magnetism of dulness
in them which would have beaten down the most facetious companion that the earth ever knew.
Stelling could obtain credit by his facility, which required little help, much more easily than by the troublesome process of overcoming Tom's dulness
. Gentlemen with broad chests and ambitious intentions do sometimes disappoint their friends by failing to carry the world before them.
The more I lived apart from society, and in proportion as my wretchedness subsided from the violent throb of agonized passion into the dulness
of habitual pain, the more frequent and vivid became such visions as that I had had of Prague--of strange cities, of sandy plains, of gigantic ruins, of midnight skies with strange bright constellations, of mountain-passes, of grassy nooks flecked with the afternoon sunshine through the boughs: I was in the midst of such scenes, and in all of them one presence seemed to weigh on me in all these mighty shapes--the presence of something unknown and pitiless.
Well, the manuscript must serve to light lamps with;--if, indeed, being so imbued with my gentle dulness
, it is any longer capable of flame!"
But be it sweetness or be it stupidity in herquickness of friendship, or dulness
of feelingthere was one person, I think, who must have felt it: Miss Fairfax herself.
It must be my own dulness
. I am seeing so much all at once, and not understanding half of it.
Reginald Farrer wrote in 1917: "In water-logged trench, in cold cave of the mountains, in sickness and in health, in dulness
, tribulation and fatigue, an ever-increasing crowd of worshippers flies insatiably for comfort and company perennially re-freshing, to Hartfield and Randalls, Longbourn, Northanger, Sotherton and Uppercross" (Southam 2:246).
Sutton's essay in the March 1922 issue refers to "the dulness
[sic] and lack of variety in our car colours" ("How to Select" 84), and his essay for April is titled "When Will Motor Car Styles Change?
The Dunciad is perhaps the eighteenth century work that has most relevance to our time just because it so brilliantly shows how in such a society "Art after Art goes out, and all is Night." The progress of Dulness
from Smithfield to the Court images the decline of culture and the final extinction of all values.
The student should thoroughly understand that the ring or dulness
of sound is in effect and mechanism, completely distinct from the open and closed timbres.
In this part, Ma tries to reveal the ethical implications of Pope's mockery of Muse and his depiction of Dulness
. In describing Dulness
, Pope uses a lot of negative words to convey a sense of disorder in society, such as dotage, idiot, grave, and anarchy.