“I’ll make it simple. Grandmother had to go out, so she left the children in the house, telling them they must make sure the door is shut and not to open it to anyone but her. On the road, Grandmother met a wolf, which ate her, and then put on her clothing and assumed her appearance. Then it went to the house and came up to the door, and said to the children, ‘I’m your grandmother. I’ve come back. Open the door for me.’ The children looked through the crack in the door and saw what looked like their grandmother, and so they opened the door, and the wolf came in the house and ate them. Do you understand this story, my Lord?”

Not the slightest bit.
“Then maybe I’ve guessed right.”

First of all, the wolf wanted all along to enter the house and eat the children, correct?
“Correct.”

It engaged in communication with the children, correct?
“Correct.”

This is what’s incomprehensible. In order to achieve its own aims, it shouldn’t have communicated with the children.
“Why?”

Isn’t it obvious? If there was communication between them, the children would have known that the wolf wanted to come in and eat them, and they wouldn’t have opened the door.

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The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past)
Cixin Liu
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Hi. An alien and a person are talking. The underlined sentence is uttered by the alien, whose brain is transparent so their thoughts are completely exposed to the outside world. That’s why the alien can’t understand the story.

Regarding the underlined sentence, can I think it means “The speaker knows the children didn’t know that the wolf wanted to come in and eat them and they opened the door, so the speaker deduce that there wasn’t any communication”?

And are the following two sentences the same usage as the alien example?

a. If (as you say) he really fought in Vietnam for three years, he
would have known a lot about warfare.
b. If your late father was as clever as you always claim, he wouldn't have gone bankrupt.

Thank you in advance.

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