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What is implied by the following sentence? It is hoped the wounds may not be mortal. My apprehension is that they will prove fatal.

A The writer is pessimistic about whether Seward will recover from his wounds.

The first sentence expresses hope that the wounds inflicted upon Seward are not so severe that he would not be able to recover. The second sentence expresses the writer’s fear that this hope may be misplaced, and it conveys that he is anxious about Seward’s fate.