An inference involves using reasoning and experience to come up with an idea based on what a writer implies or suggests but does not directly state. A writer may use foreshadowing to imply later events. List details in the story that Irving uses to foreshadow later events.
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Answered by jill d #170087
One example of foreshadowing or suggestion would be the disappearance of Tom's wife. Her disappearance is marked by mystery, but we really don't know what happened between the woman and Old Scratch.