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How does the author use foreshadowing to increase suspense in the first four paragraphs of the story?

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The author foreshadows the eventual conclusion of the story by describing the actions of the story's minor characters. Below, you will find two examples from the text.

"Bobby Martin had already stuffed his pockets full of stones, and the other boys soon followed his example, selecting the smoothest and roundest stones; Bobby and Harry Jones and Dickie Delacroix-- the villagers pronounced this name "Dellacroy"--eventually made a great pile of stones in one corner of the square and guarded it against the raids of the other boys." "They stood together, away from the pile of stones in the corner, and their jokes were quiet and they smiled rather than laughed."

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