Alexei says to his wife, whose behavoir is improper at horse racing:

Alexei: Your conduct was improper. It must not occur again. I have said it before. You will say my concern is unnecessary and ridiculous. You are my wife. I'm wrong to think that.

What does "that" refer to?

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    It's a rather odd way of saying things, but it looks as though "that" is intended to refer to "my concern is unnecessary and ridiculous".
    – BillJ
    Commented Sep 8, 2021 at 15:10

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"You will say ..." supposes that his wife will speak like this:

Wife: Alexei, your concern is unnecessary and ridiculous. I am your wife. You are wrong to think that [my conduct was improper].

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