Fowell learnt very little at school, and was regarded as a dunce and an idler.
He was long described by his Spartan mother, who thought him a dunce, as only ‘food for powder.’
The world's a father to a Dunce unknown, And much he thrives, for Dulness!
A fool, a dunce, or a bad man does harm and not good in the world.
After all, Harry was no dunce, but he was not yet convinced.