In Paulo Coelho's novel, The Alchemist, foreboding appears with regard to the caravan in which the boy travels.
First, Dictionary.com defines "foreboding" as:
1. a prediction; portent. 2. a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.;
Before the boy and the Englishman even leave with the caravan, the tone of danger is created with the following:
I'm the leader of the caravan," said a dark-eyed, bearded man. I hold the power of life and death for every person I take with me. The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy.
Right away, the sense of one's tenuous grasp on life in the desert is presented, along with the fact that this man has control over life and death.
The leader also admonishes...
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