without airs

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Nothing that has life, either animal or vegetable as we know them, can exist without air, and it follows that nothing having life, according to our views of it, can exist in the moon:--or, if any thing having life do exist there, it must be under such modifications of all our known facts, as to amount to something like other principles of being.
I had no right to expect much, and I did not expect much; but I had no idea that he could be so very clownish, so totally without air.
Should you mind telling me how you exist without air, without exercise, without any sort of human contact?
Meantime the Assistant Commissioner was already giving his order to a waiter in a little Italian restaurant round the corner - one of those traps for the hungry, long and narrow, baited with a perspective of mirrors and white napery; without air, but with an atmosphere of their own - an atmosphere of fraudulent cookery mocking an abject mankind in the most pressing of its miserable necessities.
Whenever I tried to rise, he rushed me, and I could not remain down there indefinitely without air.
Foursome captures that special place where casual movement is elevated to art without airs of grandeur.