Some are criminals, others work for major corporations. It may sound like a plot summary for a futuristic science-fiction movie.But real-life versions of this Orwellian scenario are being played out every day in towns and cities across the globe — and in most cases the victims have no idea. An IT consultant called Jason Huntley, who lives in a village near Hull, uncovered evidence that a flat-screen television, which had been sitting in his living room since the summer, was secretly invading his family’s privacy.32: But of no nombre mencion made he, 33: Of bigamye, or of octogamye; 34: Why sholde men thanne speke of it vileynye?35: Lo, heere the wise kyng, daun salomon; 36: I trowe he hadde wyves mo than oon. 47: Whan myn housbonde is fro the world ygon, 48: Som cristen man shal wedde me anon, 49: For thanne, th' apostle seith that I am free 50: To wedde, a goddes half, where it liketh me.The works of the “localisers” I have not read: Tennyson disliked these researches, as a rule, and they appear to be unessential, and often hazardous. It appeared better to give one’s own impressions of the Poems, unaffected by the impressions of others, except in one or two cases where matters of fact rather than of taste seemed to be in question.Thus on two or three points I have ventured to differ from a distinguished living critic, and have given the reasons for my dissent.You are sitting in bed in your pyjamas, drinking a cup of cocoa. The curtains are drawn, the central heating turned up.
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The articles and pamphlets that have already appeared on this interesting subject—which are described below—are all short.
Some are full of keen observation; but very many are mere lists of dialectical words with their meanings.
Professor Bradley’s Commentary on In Memoriam came out after this sketch was in print.
Many of the comments cited by Mr Bradley from his predecessors appear to justify my neglect of these curious inquirers.