Excerpt from The Listener
The office of Listener is not one of very honourable note, especially when determined to tell what he hears: but, to deprecate the wrath of my readers against so treacherous an intermeddler with their studies and their sports, I entreat them to consider that good may he wrought of that with which we usually work evil. If I have the misfortune to have no business of my own, and a peculiar talent for observing other people's - if my sight is so keen, and my hearing so acute, as to perceive what is passing where I am not present, to see through the roof, and to hear through the walls - what can I do but endeavour to make the best use of so dangerous an endowment, and employ it for the benefit of others?
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