As to the question of the name, I saw it now in the light in which I ought to have seen it from the first.
If he asked me the question, I decided to tell him frankly where I had been, and what had passed between his mother and myself.
My question was certainly a strange one, after what he had just said to me.
In the case of a weather-cock, the direction of the wind is relevant, but not its strength; in the case of the boy, the meaning of the words of your question is relevant, but not the loudness of your voice, or whether you are his father or his schoolmaster If, however, you were a boy of his own age, that would be relevant, and the appropriate response would be different.
I do not wish to assert that this is the whole truth about mathematical propositions, for the question is complicated, and I do not know what the whole truth is.
There must be also someone who is a married woman, and who is married to the particular man in question.
The question of verifiability is in essence this: can we discover any set of beliefs which are never mistaken or any test which, when applicable, will always enable us to discriminate between true and false beliefs?
But although the experience in question is common, it is not wholly easy to give a theoretical account of it.
It would take us too far from our main topic if we were to go into the question what actually occurs when we make this judgment.