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- When thus perplexed—and cogitating, among other hypotheses, whether the letter might not have been one of those decorations which the white men used to contrive in order to take the eyes of Indians—I happened to place it on my breast.Introductory (68% in)
hypotheses = explanations that are seemingly reasonable, but unproven
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