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What examples of foreshadowing can be found in the story? How do they relate to what is going to happen later?

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Jack Finney includes foreshadowing in his short story “Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets.”

In the first paragraph, Tom Benecke is getting ready to work in his apartment when he decides it is too warm in the room.  "Hot in here," he muttered to himself.” In the second paragraph, Finney describes Tom’s physique as being that of a man who could have played basketball in college. Tom attempts to open the window of his eleventh story apartment but is thwarted when it is stuck. He exerts his strength and is able to open the window in spite of the paint in the tracks. This section foreshadows the difficulties Tom will endure balancing on the eleventh story ledge due to his size and opening the window from the outside.

He was a tall, lean, dark-haired young man in a pullover sweater, who looked as though he had played not football, probably, but basketball in college. Now he placed the heels of his hands against the top edge of the lower window frame and shoved upward. But as usual the...

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