that Meteorological question . . . from above downwards
Note from the Letter Charitas by John Ruskin

A reference back to Letter 4.

The Spectator . . . says that 'the country is once more getting rich, and the money is filtering downwards to the actual workers.' But whence, then, did we filter it down to us, the actual idlers ? This is really a question very appropriate for April. For such golden rain raineth not every day, but in a showery and capricious manner, out of heaven, upon us; mostly, as far as I can judge, rather pouring down than filtering upon idle persons, and running in thinner driblets, but I hope purer for the filtering process, to the actual workers.