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.
Some asked whether he could say his alphabet yet; and others whether he could spell "dunce."
Of course he was a dunce, for how could he chatter and learn as well?
"I believe the dunce speaks the truth," broke in Jack Rasco.
What a dear old darling of a dunce you are, John, to be sure!
That dunce is with her on a few days vacation from a school for the feeble-minded.