The Song of the Lark Questions and Answers
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What types of foreshadowing are in this novel?

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Thea's uniqueness and greatness are foreshadowed at the beginning of the book when Dr. Archie finds her sick at her parents' house as her mother is giving birth to a younger brother. Dr. Archie says to Mr. Kronberg, "You've got a very sick child in there. Why didn't you call me before? It's pneumonia, and she must have been sick for several days." By recognizing that Thea is sick and by giving her care, Dr. Archie likely saves Thea's life.

Dr. Archie also recognizes Thea's special quality, which is lost on her family; he thinks to himself, "And to feel no responsibility about the little girl. Silly...

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