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What is the foreshadowing in "The Landlady"?  

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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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awkwardtaco | Student

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.

angel-girl | Student

Here are a few examples:

1) When Billy pressed the door bell, the landlady came out immediately, which shows that she is quite eager to have a customer, and she might be up to no good.

2) The landlady kept using the word 'dear' on Billy when she had met him for a few hours only.

3) One of the sentences she said was," We have it all to ourselves." Which can show that she only wants to be alone with Billy.

4) The two names Christopher Mulholland and Gregory W. Temple were familiar because they were actually missing people. Since both their names happened to appear in the book, the Landlady might have done something to them.

5) Billy realised that the Landlady kept looking at him, which meant she was interested in him and might do something to him.

6) The dachshund in front of the fire was actually preserved and it looked so real. Also, it was suspicious that the Landlady would be able to do such a thing.

7) The Landlady made a statement," His skin was just like a baby's". This meant that the Landlady must have done something to him in order to be able to see his body.

8) The Landlady said that Mr Mulholland and Mr Temple never left the house, and were in the third floor.

9) The tea that Billy drank tasted faintly of bitter almonds. Bitter almonds can be turned to a kind of poison. This meant that if Billy drank it he would be poisoned and probably killed.

That is all I know.