A learned woman is thought to be a comet, that bodes mischief whenever it appears.
Comet, n. An excuse for being out late at night and going home drunk in the morning.
(Only by) the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
Damn the Solar System. Bad light; planets too distant; pestered with comets; feeble contrivance; could make a better myself.