A little later on in the dinner, Mr. Wopsle reviewed the sermon with some severity, and intimated—in the usual hypothetical case of the Church being "thrown open"—what kind of sermon he would have given them.
You say they are marks of finger-nails, and you set up the hypothesis that she destroyed her child.
You must accept all consequences of that hypothesis.
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He hypothesized the existence of Pluto before its discovery.
The hypothetical situation made it easier for him to think about his problem more logically and less emotionally.