What is the foreshadowing in "The Landlady"?
The reader is kept in Billy's point of view and picks up clues with the viewpoint character but attaches more significance to them. The first would be the cheapness of the rent, which is only five shillings and sixpence a night and includes breakfast the next morning. There were twenty shillings to a pound in those pre-decimalization days. A pound was worth about five American dollars. There were twelve pennies in a shilling. So a shilling was worth about twenty-five American cents and sixpence, or half a shilling, would be worth twelve-and-a-half cents. Five and sixpence would be equivalent to $1.37. And this is a resort town!
The next bit of foreshadowing comes right after Billy enters.
There were no other hats or coats in the hall. There were no umbrellas, no walking sticks--nothing.
The landlady explains that she is
". . . just a teeny-weeny bit choosy and particular--if you see what I mean. . . . But I'm always ready. . . . just on the off chance that an acceptable young gentleman...
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Here are a couple examples:
1. The porter recommended the Bell and Dragon Inn even though the landlady's bed and breakfast was closer.
2. There were no coats, hats, or scarves on the coat hanger.
3. The very cheap price.
4. The stuffed parrot and dog sitting by the fire.
5. There were only two names recorded in the several years the bed and breakfast was open.
6. The landlady told Bill that Christopher and Gregory had never left, and they were
together on the fourth floor.
7.The landlady repeatedly surveyed Billy by looking at him from his head to toes.
8. The landlady told Billy that Gregory did not have a blemish on his body.
9. The narrator told the reader that the landlady smelt like hospital corridors.
10. The faint taste of bitter almond in his tea.