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. Samuel Johnson. Of Sheridan. Boswells Life of Johnson. (1763).
The impenetrable stupidity of Prince George (son-in-law of James II.) served his turn. It was his habit, when any news was told him, to exclaim, Est il possible?Is it possible? MacaulayHistory of England. Vol. I. Ch. IX.
Schadum die Leut! Sind sonst wackre Brüder. Aber das denkt, wie ein Seifensieder. A pity about the people! they are brave enough comrades, but they have heads like a soapboilers. SchillerWallensteins Lager. XI. 347.
Peter was dull; he was at first Dull,Oh, so dullso very dull! Whether he talked, wrote, or rehearsed Still with his dulness was he cursed Dullbeyond all conceptiondull. ShelleyPeter Bell the Third. Pt. VII. XI.