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    subjunctive mood?

    Hello.
    Would you help me understand the following passage?

    (An FBI agent was ordered to find a telepath, and he was wondering how to do it looking at the Jefferson Memorial.)
    What would Thomas Jefferson have done in a crisis like this?.... Jefferson, he told himself without much conviction, would have been just as confused as he was....But he'd have had to find a telepath, Malone thought. Malone determined that he would do likewise. If Thomas Jefferson could do it, the least he, Malone, could do was to give it a good try.

    The sentence I do not understand is "But he'd have had to find a telepath". It seems to me that, since the text says afterwards "If Thomas Jefferson could do it...", the sentence in question means "If Jefferson had tried, he would successfully have found a telepath". Is my interpretation correct? I appreciate your help very much.

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    Re: subjunctive mood?

    Jefferson, he told himself without much conviction, would have been just as confused as he was....But he would have had to find a telepath, Malone thought.

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