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One obvious literary dement in this passage is an extended analogy in which Mill represents certain people as battling against the "conquerable" sources of human suffering, where "many will perish in the breach before the conquest is completed"; yet, unbribable by any selfish indulgence, they "will draw a noble enjoyment from the contest.
It sounds like George Orwell's 1984 could have been more aptly titled 1994: The true smart card, with its individualized computer, brings the security industry closer to the ultimate security device-the unbribable guard-which is both exciting and frightening.