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How does Joyce use foreshadowing to prepare the reader for the moment of the boy's epiphany in "Araby"?

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The foreshadowing comes the day of the bazaar. That morning, the boy reminds his uncle of the bazaar, but the uncle is preoccupied and answers "curtly." As the boy walks to school, he notes that "my heart misgave me." That is an important signal that the bazaar is not going to work out as the boy had planned.

As the narrator waits for his uncle to return home, he paces impatiently and has tea with his aunt and Mrs. Mercer. When she leaves, it is late: eight o'clock. Foreshadowing the unravelling, the boy clenches his fists. The boy's aunt says to him,

I'm afraid you may put off your bazaar for this night of Our Lord.

When the uncle whom he is depending on to give him the money for the bazaar comes in, having been drinking, it is nine. At this point, the disappointment is further foreshadowed:

"The people are in bed and after their first sleep now," he [the uncle] said.

I did not smile. My aunt said to him energetically: "Can't you give him the money and let him go? You've kept him late enough...

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