Let’s consider the following quote from “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens
”Now, if, during this brief period, Oliver had been surrounded by careful grandmothers, anxious aunts, experienced nurses, and doctors of profound wisdom, he would most inevitably and indubitably have been killed in no time.”
The facts they are based on are the opposite of what is expressed and they refer to an unreal past condition and its probable past result. So the facts are hypothetical in the past.
The way of how most inevitably and indubitably, which expresses a certainty, can get along with the hypothetical (uncertain) facts, in the same context, puzzles me.
I’m hundred percent sure that the quote is flawless and even I can imagine a similar example:
If I had been aboard that plane then I would certainly have been killed.
There might be an explanation but I’m not hundred percent sure which is why I posted the question here.