This device may also be employed
to cover the past; for we may equally pretend that
felt hesitation on the subject.
This figure is akin to that known as communication,
when we actually take our opponents into consultation, as Domitius Afer does in his defence of Cloatilla.
“She is so agitated that she does not know what is
permitted to a woman or what becomes a wife. It
may be that chance has brought you into contact
with the unhappy woman in her helpless plight.
What counsel do you give her, you her brother, and
you, her father's friends?”