He was a pious young man, simple to the Cbaracter verge of imbecility; a little later he developed actual henry vi.
According to the professed champions of that character, this conduct was a tissue of such dastardly imbecility, such heartless irresolution and such brainless inconsistency as for ever to dispose of her time-honoured claim to the credit of intelligence and courage.
Thus the "imbecility" of reason becomes their warrant for the reception by another organ - i.e.
It was saved by the imbecility and disunion of the hostile powers.
The father, though enlightened, had been a thorough despot; the son was sluggish and stupid to the verge of imbecility, but the despotism remained.