Prolepsis (pro-lep’-sis): (1) A synonym for procatalepsis [refuting anticipated objections]; (2) speaking of something future as though already done or existing. A figure of anticipation.

Mr. Rustle: You’re going to tell me we can’t afford it. I say we can afford it. We cut what we never use so it doesn’t just sit there earning 1% interest. We use what we cut to make investments with higher returns—like solar power or electric cars.

We are rich! We have invested wisely. Our fortunes have turned around. My advice has paid handsomely.

But of course, there is a handful of affected people who may resist my plan. You, Thaddeus, you’re only 8, you can’t possibly have anything to say. Esmeralda, you’re 16, almost an adult. You are brilliant in school and diligent in helping your mother. But I know you are polite enough never to contradict your father. So, Gretel, my loving wife. Would you contest my well-laid plan?

Mrs. Rustle: We can’t afford it.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” ( Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

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