as <broadband>or goblins


Senior Member
Hi there

"It is recorded here by a descendant of Hanwell Snr of whom he could have had no notion, being as unreal to him as broadband or goblins. No one can explain the process by which these things are retained while much else vanishes—a lot of sentimental rubbish is written on the subject."

Hanwell Senior - The New Yorker

I find the metaphor weird. I interpret it as something invisible. Yet there are many things invisible. Does "broadband" have some kind of connotation here?

  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Not invisible, but unreal. People long before him believed in goblins, but he didn't; and people long after him will know about a thing called broadband, but that is equally unknown to him.
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