How does Jackson start to foreshadow the ending in paragraphs 2 and 3 of "The Lottery"?

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Only with the benefit of hindsight does the second paragraph of Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” suggest the dark, macabre climax yet to come. As readers of Jackson’s story know, the “lottery” of the title, the details of which comprise much of the narrative, is an annual ritual whose origins remain murky. The town’s leading proponent of the tradition, Old Man Warner, references the genesis of the proceedings as being somehow linked to the farming season (“Used to be a saying about 'Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon’”). It is clear, however, that whatever the original purpose of the lottery, its importance now lies primarily in its mere existence. The town has held the lottery every year for generations, and no one dares speak out against it now, lest he or she risk the wrath of the citizenry.

If there is a passage in the second paragraph of “The Lottery” that suggests foreboding, it would be the description of one of the assembled children, Bobby...

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