I am reading The Little Prince in Japanese and I am not sure about how to translate だろうと in the following sentence:


I don't know how to literally translate it, even if I understand the meaning of the sentence...

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This と is the quotative-と. volition/inference + と can be used without any explicit following verb, and it means "thinking ...", "trying ...", "hoping ..." or such. だろう is part of the "quote."

= ..., thinking/hoping (adults) will understand (the picture) this time, ...

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