What foreshadowing of the the ending is caused by "the stream of consciousness" technique?

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The narrator of this story tells it in a series of connected memories, flashing forward and backward through time.  This "connection" of events is one style of stream of consciousness.  As readers, we are experiencing the narrator's memories with him.  Through those memories, a picture of the situation slowly arises.  Though the story begins with the funeral of Emily, little is known of her or her situation.  The memories slow fill in the gaps.  We see that she has been an outcast, that she has been misunderstood, dominated by her father, aloof from the town.  Underneath these details of her life and personality lie hints of something more sinister.  The memories make mention to a time when the house smelled rotten, so much so that the smell invaded the town.  Emily is described as a "drowned corpse" in one section, and the house is described as a masoleum.  Also, one memory is of when Emily was out of the house and buying rat poison at one time.  The most specific clue is when Emily holds on to the body of her father for three days, suggesting that she is capable of unstable decisions.

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