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The passage foreseeing the destruction of the chateau also serves to foreshadow the actual vulnerability of the seemingly impregnable Monseigneur himself. Further foreshadowing of Monseigneur's death can be traced to the hooting of the owls on the night of his death. This is an allusion to Shakespeare's Macbeth on the night when King Duncan is killed. Macbeth says, "I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?" and Lady Macbeth replies, "I heard the owl scream and the crickets cry" (II.ii.14-15). Popular superstition in the 19th century held that an owl screaming was a harbinger of death.