A charming alternative to ‘dull as ditchwater’.   I also like the last affirmative sentence.

“Your brother is the most interesting patient I ever had. My patients mostly are as dull as suet puddings … But your brother is something different altogether, and I’m proud to have plastered his scalp.”

For more of a taster of these timeless classics, see our review here, or simply enjoy some splendid cover illustrations for the books.


Source: Arthur Ransome, Coot Club (London: Jonathan Cape, 2009 (1934)), p. 118


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