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Foreshadowing in The Bet

Foreshadowing Examples in The Bet:

Part I

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"unearthly..."   (Part I)

The word “unearthly” has several definitions: first, it can refer to something that is supernatural and mysterious; and second, it can refer to something that is not terrestrial. The lawyer finds “unearthly happiness” from being able to understand all these languages. This demonstrates a shift in the lawyer and foreshadows the ending of the story. As the lawyer studies and begins to understand the world in a new way, he rejects materiality and worldliness.

"caprice..."   (Part I)

The word “caprice” refers to the quality of impulsiveness and sudden decision-making. As the banker looks back on his bet made fifteen years prior, he realizes his poor judgement has left him destitute. This line foreshadows how the banker’s decision many years ago causes him to make another rash decision later on in Part II of the story.

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