In chapter 2 of Alas, Babylon, what examples of foreshadowing are there that involve cars?

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In Chapter 2 of Alas, Babylon, Randy is preparing for the threat of nuclear war and potentially the collapse of civilization. While he is leaving his house to gather his loved ones, he observes Missouri, his maid, getting into her car, an antique Model-A Ford. He makes note that it is kept in good running condition by Malachai, his yardman.

This foreshadows the importance of Malachai in the future, as it is a small glimpse at his technical abilities, particularly with cars. Later, after the destruction and practical collapse of society, Malachai acts as engineer and mechanic on all things in Randy's quasi-compound of family and friends. The hints of skill in various areas from both Malachai and Missouri are noted as foreshadowing of their practicality and usefulness when it becomes necessary later.

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Let us remind ourselves that foreshadowing is when the author plants hints in earlier chapters about what is to come later on in the novel. You might want to consider the description of Randy's car that we are given at the beginning of the second chapter of this great novel. Note how the one negative element about his car seems to point towards some kind of future problem with it:

Randy got into his new Bonneville. It was a sweet car, a compromise between a sports job and a hard top, long, low, very fast, and a lost of fun, even though its high-compression engine drank premum fuel in quantity.

Given what we know is going to happen at this stage in the novel, we therefore are given grounds to suspect that this might be an issue with the car, as the nuclear holocaust will undoubtedly make securing fuel for Randy's car difficult.

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