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- It has lain, in lavender as it were, in the dumpy note book, waiting for a publisher to ride that way and rescue it; and here he is at last, not a bit afraid that to this age it may appear " Victorian." - "The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan", Daisy Ashford.
- Dumpy children, bulky men, compressed old women with baked faces, and comical squat dogs, kept the villages partly alive. - "The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
- Silver recognized the voice and the dumpy figure of his visitor. - "Red Money", Fergus Hume.