1) As the kid is making his way south from Tennessee, he spends the night in an old hermit's tent. The hermit, a retired slaver, has seen the worst of humanity and warns the kid, "you can find meanness in the least of creatures, but when God made man the devil was at his elbow" (19). The hermit's words coupled with the human heart he shows the kid foreshadow the godless and violent world he is about to enter.
2) Right before he is about to ride out with Captain White, the kid and his new comrades encounter an old Mennonite man in a tavern. He warns them, "The wrath of God lies sleeping. It was hid a million years before me were and only men have the power to wake it. Hell ain't half full. Hear me. Ye carry war of a madman's making onto a foreign land. Ye'll wake more than the dogs" (40). This foreshadows the bedlam that these men are walking into and the insanity of the conflict they are perpetrating.
3) The magician/juggler accurately predicts the outcome of the conflict between the two John Jacksons; he also senses something deeply evil in Glanton, a sentiment that Tobin reiterates in his story, as well (96).