MY DEAR AIRY, I have received your card of invitation for the 1st of June, and with great joy should I count upon that day if I thought that I should be able to accept your invitation: but alas I have no hope of the kind, for that humiliating malady which now has fastened upon me for a full year and a half has not let go its hold, nor is it likely to do so.
So I rigged myself up and went to the levee at the Lodge and was presented in my turn; by the Vice-Chancellor as "Ex-Professor Airy, your Majesty's Astronomer Royal."
8) (8) Or, "if only you were held to be less 'meteoric,' less head-in- airy in your speculations."
An attempt is therefore made to transfer a certain share of popularity to the second-rate Scotch novels, "the embryo fry, the little airy of ricketty children," issuing through Mr. Blackwood's shop-door.
"Under Mr. Airy's Footnote: The late Sir George Airy.
That's the biggest an' airiest.
He was nothing if not superlative: his diatribes, now culminating in a very extravaganza of hyperbole--now sailing with loose wing through the downy, witched, Dutch cloud-heaps of some quaintest tramontane Nephelococcugia of thought--now laying down law of the Medes for the actual world of to-day--had oft-times the strange effect of bringing back to my mind the very singular old-epic epithet, Greek: aenemoen--airy--as applied to human thought.