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How does the title “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” contribute to the story’s suspense?

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In the title, the words "dead man's pocket" create suspense. As we begin reading, we wonder whether the protagonist will survive his adventure. This sense of uncertainty creates suspense. Our curiosity is piqued, and we are motivated to continue reading.

The author continues the suspense by having the protagonist's wife attend the matinee alone. Apparently, Tom cannot accompany his wife, because he has work to do. As a result, the stage has been set for his possible "demise." We begin to question how, when, and where he will meet his final end, if, indeed, he is destined to.

Our curiosity moves us to read further. We discover that an important piece of paper has flown out...

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