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bland

Etymology: L, blandus
mild or having a soothing effect.
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Every one of them has been in mischief except Spot and Pigling Bland.
And the other two little boy pigs, Pigling Bland and Alexander, went to market.
Now Pigling Bland, son Pigling Bland, you must go to market.
Pigling Bland, who was a sedate little pig, looked solemnly at his mother, a tear trickled down his cheek.
giggled Alexander--"take the hand of your brother Pigling Bland, you must go to market.
Now as Little John stepped blithely along, thinking of nothing but of such things as the sweetness of the hawthorn buds that bedecked the hedgerows, or gazing upward at the lark, that, springing from the dewy grass, hung aloft on quivering wings in the yellow sunlight, pouring forth its song that fell like a falling star from the sky, his luck led him away from the highway, not far from the spot where Arthur a Bland was peeping this way and that through the leaves of the thickets.
So, quitting the highroad, he also entered the thickets, and began spying around after stout Arthur a Bland.
I care not who thou art," answered the bold Tanner, "and unless thou hast many more of thy kind by thee, thou canst never make Arthur a Bland cry `A mercy.
Men do call me Arthur a Bland," spoke up the Tanner boldly, "and now what may be thy name?
But the doctor was much the more respectable-looking man of the two; his baldness was more intellectual and benevolent; there was a delicacy and propriety in the pulpiness of his fat white chin, a bland bagginess in his unwhiskered cheeks, a reverent roughness about his eyebrows and a fullness in his lower eyelids, which raised him far higher, physiognomically speaking, in the social scale, than my old prison acquaintance.
The Prince came over to them, fair and bland with no trace upon his smooth features or in his half-jesting tone of any evil things.
The same glance at the mirror conveyed to her the reflection of a horribly grotesque and distorted face with the tongue lolling out; and the next instant the dwarf, turning about with a perfectly bland and placid look, inquired in a tone of great affection.