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[S]he made her way up and ... inched the length of a bough .... She was hanging by the backs of her heels ... [then] we flew out the window, toward earth, me in her lap, .... Then I wrapped my hands around my mother's ... [and] heard the beat of her heart in my ears, loud as thunder,....
The foreshadowing in "The Leap" starts early. Erdrich specifies that the mother is "the surviving half of a blindfold trapeze act," letting the reader know that the mother survives. It also implies that the trapeze background will be used in the story, which indeed it is. A page or so later, the narrator mentions smelling "smoke from the stove downstairs" and then moves into a flashback. That lets us know that fire is associated with an essential part of her past. This fact is clarified by the following line: "I owe her my existence three times," implying that the narrator was saved somehow. As far as the foreshadowing clues allowing a predication, no, actually. I noticed the foreshadowing but thought the clues were leading someplace stranger, not someplace directly tied to them.
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