What is an example of foreshadowing in The Chrysalids?

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One example of foreshadowing is David’s father’s reaction to his innocent comment about having another hand.

David gets a splinter and tries to tie a bandage on his hand, but he is unable to do it.

'I could have managed it all right by myself if I'd had another hand.' (ch 3)

Although this is an innocent suggestion, David’s father becomes enraged.  He accuses David of asking to be a mutant and have three hands.

'You -- my own son -- were calling upon the Devil to give you another hand!' he accused me. (ch 3)

His father forces him to pray and beats him.  That night, he has a dream that his father slits Sophie’s throat like the baby calf.  This dream is prophetic because David’s father later beats forces him to tell about Sophie.