* A rather interesting example shows up in ''{{Elantris}}''. Near the start there is a mention of [[spoiler:Hrathen as the savior of Arelon]] which most simply put down to simply stating his thoughts. It isn't until the end that you find out that [[spoiler:Hrathen defects when he realizes how evil Dilaf is, and then sacrifices his own life to kill him, saving the entire joint population of both Arelon and Teod from being annihilated by the Derethi cult.]]
* Literature/{{Genesis}} 3:15 'he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.' If you're Christian, this is foreshadowing to Jesus punishing Satan (the snake) ... a few thousand years before he was born.
** As well as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and every other prophetic book. This is to be expected, considering the nature of what a prophecy is.
** In addition, many Old Testament events are similar to events in the New Testament.
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'':
** When Reyna summons Percy to a private meeting with her in the principia, he sits in the other praetor's chair while waiting for her.
** The Mark of Athena brings up a few times the fact that all children of Athena are afraid of spiders.
* The first volume of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' has this ironic example: [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne Frodo]] says, "So far, my only hope has been to get here (Rivendell.) I hope I shan't have to go any further...I have had [[ShortCutsMakeLongDelays a month of exile and adventure]], and I find that has been as much as I want." Guess what the next two books are about?
** There is also Gandalf's statement that, "There are [[EldritchAbomination older and fouler things]] than orcs in the [[DugTooDeep deep places of the world]]." when they enter Moria and only shortly before [[YouShallNotPass they encounter the balrog]].
** Also in FOTR, Elrond says to Boromir, "Slow should you be to wind that horn again until you stand once more on the borders of your land and dire need is upon you." The next time he uses the horn, [[spoiler: just before his death]], fits these circumstances perfectly.
* From the Literature/{{Deryni}} works by Creator/KatherineKurtz:
** Early in ''The Bishop's Heir'', Bishop Henry Istelyn is enthroned as Bishop of Meara in his new cathedral, which is dedicated to [[MeaningfulName Saint Uriel and All Angels]]. Istelyn's tenure will be short, for [[TheGrimReaper Uriel will be paying him a visit]].
** Also in ''The Bishop's Heir'', Dhugal is found to have very strong shields which no one can account for in his known heritage. Kelson's mental touch is unbearably painful, Morgan's less so, and Duncan's even less. This makes sense later when it's revealed the [[spoiler: Duncan is Dhugal's father, which makes Morgan also a blood relative]].
** Early in ''The Quest for Saint Camber'', Rothana asks Kelson to help encourage a love match between his squire (soon-to-be knight) Jatham Kilshane and the Princess Janniver. At the time, Kelson teases her about playing matchmaker, and she will do so again two years later for Kelson himself.
** The morning after Duncan [[spoiler: reveals himself as Deryni by showing his aura while bestowing Dhugal's accolade]], Arilan gives him a severe reprimand for doing it without discussing it with him and Cardiel. At one point, he says, "It could be worse, I suppose. You could have done it at the altar, in full pontificals. Now, wouldn't ''that'' have been a coup?" A couple of years later, Duncan will do exactly that, consecrating a new altar by extending his aura over it, with an archbishop standing at each elbow, and again while elevating the Host and the Chalice in the celebration of the basilica's new Camber chapel's first Mass.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In the ''Chamber of Secrets'' film, after the scene in which [=McGonagall=] describes the Chamber of Secrets, which has been hidden for centuries, it fades to a shot showing exactly what the characters are searching for: the secret entrance to the chamber. It's not until the end of the film that they learn that's what it is.
** Many of Professor Trelawney's predictions, while mostly inaccurate, sometimes end up echoing events later in the book. The most obvious example is in ''Half Blood Prince'', in which Trelawney goes over Tarot readings. [[TarotMotifs The Tower]] comes up, and Trelawney uses it to predict Harry's death... again. It's not till later in the book, in a chapter titled ''The Lighting Struck Tower'' when [[spoiler:Snape kills Dumbledore]] on top of the astronomy tower.
*** And of course, you have to consider also [[spoiler: the fact that Harry ''did'' die in ''Deathly Hallows'']]. Sort of. [[spoiler:He was OnlyMostlyDead]].
** Ron is king of this. He says about [[spoiler: Tom Riddle "maybe he killed Myrtle, that'd have done everyone a favour." Riddle ''did'' kill her!]]
** In Deathly Hallows, Ron almost predicts the [[spoiler:taboo on saying "Voldemort."]] The exact words were "It feels like a jinx or something."!
*** A bunch of the Horcruxes are even shown in the book, such as Slytherin's locket and Ravenclaw's tiara, although this overlaps with ChekhovsGun.
** Harry foreshadows the events of the Tri-Wizard Tournament fairly early in ''Goblet of Fire''.
** An incredibly early bit of Foreshadowing occurs right in book one, when in an echo of his being Sorted, Harry dreams that a voice comes from Quirrell's turban telling him he should be in Slytherin. Apart from the fact we later find out he has qualities Slytherin (and Voldemort) prized and that he obtained some of these due to his link with Voldemort, there's the fact that of course Voldemort himself was under Quirrell's turban. Sometimes it seems as if Tonks's notion that Harry has Seer blood may not be that far off the mark...
** This happens even in throw-away lines! In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' after Harry was sent down the wrong chimney via Floo Powder, Draco is seen examining [[spoiler:a cursed opal necklace that claimed the lives of 19 Muggles. Sound familiar? Not to mention that Draco had also shown interest in the HandOfGlory, which should also sound familiar for the very same reason.]]
** ''And'' he (Harry) is standing in [[spoiler:the very cabinet that Draco uses to smuggle the Death Eaters into Hogwarts in Half-Blood Prince.]] Also note that Harry never closes the door to the cabinet all the way, [[spoiler:which would result in him getting transported away.]]
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', it was mentioned that "Always the innocent are the first victims,". In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', the first victims of Voldemort's plan to be completely restored were [[spoiler: Bertha Jorkins, Frank Bryce, Bartemius Crouch Senior (he was at fault but did not intend to help Voldemort) and Cedric Diggory]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series:
** Early in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', Granny Weatherwax says "You'd have to be a born fool to be a king." By the end of the book, the court Fool has become the king. And not only that, he is a 'born fool' - his father and grandfather were Fools before him.
*** A similar one was used later in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''. It's stated that you'd have to be a fool to try breaking into the Assassin's Guild. The perpetrator actually disguises himself as a fool to do just that.
** Characters in previous City Watch books remark that there's no reason why the older but perfectly healthy Lady Sybil shouldn't be able to have children. It still takes her husband the whole length of ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' to get the happy hint.
** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' there's a weird little section where Lu-Tze [[spoiler: cuts off a Yeti's head in order to show Lobsang their ability to [[SaveScumming manipulate time and avoid death]].]] It seems sort of out of place, especially considering they're supposed to be in a bit of a hurry to get to the city, until Lu-Tze says "I hope I'm never that desperate," at which point you are absolutely, without-a-doubt certain that by the end of the book he will be. Of course, this may also just be an example of TheLawofConservationofDetail and readers being GenreSavvy.
*** More cryptically, Death in the same novel is unable to see Lobsang Ludd. This appears to be hinting that Lobsang is immortal, until FridgeLogic reminds the reader that Death has seen plenty of other immortals before. The real reason turns out to be far stranger than that: [[spoiler: Lobsang's life as an individual isn't destined to end with his death at all; instead, he ceases to exist ''as Lobsang'' when he merges with his other self, Jeremy Clockson]].
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', Corporal Strappi says to the Ins-And-Outs:
-->Hands off - [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar well, you lot wouldn't be able to find them anyway]] - and on with socks!
*** It's funny because [[SweetPollyOliver Polly]] had just received a pair of socks from an unknown benefactor to help her more convincingly pass as a boy. [[spoiler: By the end of the book, it's revealed that every member of their squadron, even [[BoisterousBruiser Sergeant Jackrum]], is a woman in disguise. And Jackrum was the one who gave Polly the socks, which quickly caught on.]]
* In ''Assassin's Quest'' by Robin Hobb the character Kettle is part of a group who's looking for the White Prophet, and says with respect to their search "Perhaps it is a fool's errand that I go on." Again, the White Prophet turns out to be the Fool.
* Happens throught all the second part of ''[[{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'', this part of the book being full of situations that not only hint the powers of The Mule but also wouldn't have been possible without them; the casual reader passes by without noticing anything out of place, is only when you have completed the book and start rereading it that everything makes sense.
* Two notable examples occur in Creator/JohnSteinbeck's ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen.'' In the very first scene, George complains about how GentleGiant Lennie always accidentally kills his pet mice. About halfway through the book, Carlson [[ShootTheDog shoots Candy's dog]]. Both of these nicely build up the drama of the last chapter.
** The whole book is ''dripping'' with foreshadowing if you know where to look.
* An excellent example of foreshadowing is ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' in ''The Great Hunt'' Turak mentions that the Emperess of the Seanchan Empire rules from the Court of the Nine Moons, and her favorite daughter is named Tuon. In ''The Shadow Rising'' Mat Cauthon is told he will marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons. Guess who the Daughter of the Nine Moons is? To put this in perspective ''The Great Hunt'' is the second book in the series, ''The Shadow Rising'' is book 4, and ''The Winter's Heart'' where Tuon actually enters the story is book 9.
** This is in fact pretty much the ''entire principle'' behind the ''Wheel of Time'' books. That and clothes.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'':
** Early in the book, when Jane is ill, Darcy and Elizabeth discuss the eventuality of Mr. Bingley suddenly leaving Netherfield at a friend's request. Darcy thinks it would be a lack of character to yield so easily to a friend, and Elizabeth thinks it's perfectly natural to be influenced by those who are dear to you. [[spoiler:Guess who changed their opinion when Bingley does leave Netherfield in a hurry at his friend's request?]]
** About halfway through, Elizabeth says to Darcy, "I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry." [[ExactWords He is]].
* In the first ''{{Redwall}}'' book, Cluny had a nightmare where he was being chased by Martin the Warrior, and as the sword "struck" him, he was woken up by a giant bell. His final battle is in the bell-tower, where Matthias uses Martin's sword to chop the rope keeping the bell up, and it lands on Cluny's head.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is so full of this.
** One example, right from the start: Lord Eddard Stark, on his way back from an execution, finds a direwolf (the symbol of his house) killed after being run through with the horn of a great stag (the symbol of House Baratheon). [[spoiler: Sure enough, the coming of his old friend Robert Baratheon leads to the crippling of his son, the outbreak of civil war in Westeros, and his execution.]] It's also an example of ''in character'' foreshadowing: everyone else gets really uncomfortable when they see it, and his wife Catelyn wishes he would put more stock in its meaning.
** Beyond the Wall, Jon Snow is told a tale about his ancestors that involved two people hiding the crypts of Winterfell so well that no one found them. [[spoiler: Guess how Bran, Rickon, and their group survive the Greyjoy-Bolton attack of Winterfell]].
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is ''full'' of this, usually in the form of remarks the characters make. Read the series. Then read it again. You will be amazed.\\
Here are only a select few examples from only the first book:
** [-'''Marco''': "''We'd be totally famous. We'd get to be on Letterman for sure.''"-]\\
[[spoiler:At the end of the series, they're practically the most famous people on Earth. Marco not only gets on Letterman, he even gets his own show.]]
** [-'''Visser Three''': "''[...] And then I'll be Visser One.''"-]\\
[[spoiler:He does get promoted to Visser One near the end of the series.]]
** [-'''Jake''' (as narrator): "''I think maybe the Andalite meant even more to Tobias than to the rest of us.''"-]\\
[[spoiler:Elfangor, the Andalite in question, is later revealed to be Tobias' father.]]
** [-'''Marco''': "''Maybe it's your own brother you'll end up destroying.''"\\
'''Jake''': "''Yes, maybe that's what will happen.''"-]\\
[[spoiler:Jake ends up ordering his cousin to kill his brother.]]
** [-'''Jake''': "''Tobias! Get a grip. Don't start eating mice just because you're in a hawk's body. What's next? Roadkill?''"-]\\
[[spoiler:Tobias ends up eating mice exactly because he gets stuck in a hawk body. He also resorts to roadkill when he has bad hunting luck.]]
** [-'''Cassie''': "''What are we going to do with dolphin morphs?''"-]\\
[[spoiler:They acquire dolphin morphs shortly after, and use them on quite a number of underwater missions.]]
** [-'''Jake''' (at Tobias): "''Too late for you to morph back now.''"-]\\
[[spoiler:Uttered in reference to the strategic situation, right before Tobias passes the time limit and gets stuck in his hawk body.]]
** Also done without words in the first book. Tobias is the one who has the deepest connection with Elfangor, who stays with him the longest. He does not know why, but we find out why in The Andalite Chronicles, with the parental reveal.
** ''The Ellimist Chronicles'' begins and ends with the Ellimist visiting a dying Animorph. He admits that he did not cause him/her to be an Animorph, and that it was random chance. According to ''Megamorphs 4'', this means that this can only be Jake or Rachel. It turns out to be Rachel.
** Most of the information about Z-Space's finer workings comes from the books narrated by Marco. Marco's Dad is the first human to discover the existence of Z-Space and build a transmitter.
* Done rather badly in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella says something like "nobody's gonna bite me" in the first chapter. If you already know that the book is about vampires, which the back cover explicitly mentions, then this is pretty blatantly obvious.
** That could just be dramatic irony.
* The ''HorusHeresy'' books, particularly early on, seem to be a contest between the authors as to who can foreshadow the ForegoneConclusion best. There are a lot of comments about how space marines fighting other space marines would be unthinkable, gods and religions, particularly malignant ones, are a silly idea, etc etc.
** In ''Angel Exterminatus'', Forrix comments that he's always hated a model [[HumongousMecha Warhound Titan]] Perturabo owned. [[spoiler:In ''Storm of Iron'', set ten millennia later, he gets into a fight with one and comes off second best.]]
* In the Literature/InheritanceCycle, Eragon at one point asks [[TheMentor Brom]] what his mother was like. Brom describes her as proud and dignified, which led to her downfall, but also willing to help others. FridgeLogic kicks in when you realize that Brom was an outsider to Carvahall who shouldn't have known this. When we are told that [[TheDragon Morzan]] was Eragon's father, that makes even less sense; why would Brom say that about Morzan's consort? How could he have known she had a nicer side. In the third book, we get an answer: [[spoiler: he and Selena had fallen in love and produced Eragon]].
* In ''ZForZachariah'', a character tells the protagonist "Ann Burden, you're going to wish I'd never come here." At the time he doesn't seem serious, but turns out to be very right.
* MatthewReilly's ''Hover Car Racer'' has several bits of foreshadowing for important races. In professional races, the steering wheel is the only part of the car required to cross the line to finish the race if the car crashes close to the line (except for a particular race, and this becomes important too). Jason has dreams about blacking out on Liberty's Elbow (a tight hairpin turn around the Statue of Liberty). The Bradbury Principle is mentioned a couple of times before it happens.
* In DaleBrown's ''Fatal Terrain'', [[spoiler: Brad Elliott]] says that he "always thought I'd buy the farm in the cockpit of a B-52 after just saving the world from thermonuclear meltdown". Guess what...
* The lovely thing about the SuzumiyaHaruhi novels is the anachronistic order which it's presented. There are foreshadows almost everywhere. For example, in ''Snow Mountain Syndrome'', Kyon casually mentions a crazy ex-classmate who wanted to confess to Nagato. In the next novel, there's a story about it. The best foreshadow was from the first book, ''Melancholy'', where Kunikuda mentioned that Kyon liked strange girls, and Kyon protests, claiming that she was just a good friend, and nothing more. In the ninth novel, Sasaki is introduced, and she IS strange enough to have her own anti-SOS Brigade.
** A truly hilarious example in the first novel. When Haruhi decides to recruit (kidnap) Mikuru into the (then unnamed) SOS Brigade, as Haruhi runs off to retrieve her, Kyon jokingly wonders if Haruhi had finally found an alien. Having run into Haruhi as she was leaving the club room, the next paragraph (only a sentence long), describes him entering the room. The very next line after that is, "Yuki Nagato was already in the club room." (From the English translation)
* In the [[StarWars Attack of the Clones]] novel after Zam, the assassin who tried to kill Padme, fails to shake off Anakin as he clings to her flyer, she thinks in desperation that "Whoever rids the galaxy of these meddling stubborn creatures indeed deserves the mantle of an Imperor". Well, what'd you know!
* Bokonon tells the protagonist of KurtVonnegut's ''CatsCradle'' what he would do if he were "a younger man"...such as the protagonist. It is heavily implied that John does exactly what Bokonon says. We know for a fact that he does part of it by the end of the book.
* ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': In ''The Last Olympian'', when Percy is trying to determine the most strategic location for his one mortal point, he chooses the small of his back in favor of an armpit, being more dignified. Anyone want to guess where ''Luke's body's'' Achilles spot is?
* The novel ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' spends an entire chapter detailing local racist Bob Ewell's attempts at getting revenge on everyone he blames for being outed as a liar (he had beaten his daughter after catching her trying to seduce a black man and forced her to accuse the innocent man of rape. Despite evidence of his innocence, the man was convicted and fatally shot trying to escape.), stalking the man's widow, the trial judge, and explicitly threatening the man's lawyer, Atticus Finch. In the next chapter, as Atticus' children prepare to go to a Halloween party, their aunt mentions an uneasy feeling, "Something just walked over my grave". The children are viciously attacked by Ewell on their way home, and it is all but stated that they would have been killed had someone not heard their screams and come to help.
** When Atticus, who has made it clear that he is adverse to violence, goes out into the neighborhood to "take care of" the rabid dog it foreshadows both his battle against the legal system and the climax of the book.
* ''AndThenThereWereNone''. Soon after arriving to a manor with several others, one of the characters goes into his room and takes a bath while pondering what he's going to do next: "Warm steaming water - tired limbs - presently a shave - a cocktail dinner. And after - ?" [[spoiler:He dies during the dinner.]]
* In ''[[MythAdventures Myth-Chief]]'', Aahz and Skeeve are competing over who gets to be the new president of M.Y.T.H., Inc. Early on, Nunzio accidentally calls [[spoiler: Bunny]] "boss", foreshadowing who eventually gets the job.
* In ''Literature/MobyDick'', the landlord of the inn at the beginning of the book is named Peter Coffin. At the end, [[spoiler:Ishmael survives by clinging to a coffin.]]
* The 2003 ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' book ''Tales of the Masks'' is full of foreshadowing, hinting at a mysterious, forgotten past and an ancient city called Metru Nui. The following two years focused entirely on this. Later, in the '05 book ''Time Trap'', Toa Vakama received a vision that faintly hinted at the '06 storyline.
** Earlier than that, the Bahrag queens in the 2002 book ''Beware the Bohrok'' compare their minions, the titular Bohrok to the Toa heroes, calling them their brothers. Some years later, it's revealed that the Bohrok and the Barhag weren't evil at all, they had only been serving the will of PhysicalGod Mata Nui, the same as the Toa. Later still, we learn that the Bohrok [[WasOnceAMan were once Matoran]], the same "species" that the Toa belong to.
* A very coy example appears in Steven Brust's ''[[{{Dragaera}} Phoenix]]'', in which Vlad asks Loiosh if [[spoiler: Rocza is pregnant]] in passing. This ''seems'' innocuous at the time, except that [[spoiler: Loiosh replies that Rocza isn't pregnant, but is "a little closer to Cawti"]]. Turns out that Vlad should have been asking Cawti [[spoiler: whether ''she'' was pregnant]].
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' novels, the best example is in the sixth book, ''Faith of the Fallen.'' Right after Nicci forcibly takes Richard prisoner and right before he leaves with her to the Old World, Kahlan tells Richard that he should, "Carve something to make Nicci see that you should be free." Richard dismisses this as unnecessary and silly. At the climax, when Nicci sees the statues on the cover of the book that Richard carved, she has an epiphany, sets Richard and Kahlan free, and pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* In the first chapter of ''Literature/DeadSouls'' the author mentions that Chichikov (the protagonist) is able to talk about custom officials "as if he had been one of them". Much later we'll learn that this has indeed been the case - and that he tried a big smuggle operation, which almost would've made him a rich man.
* Originally, each ''MagicSchoolBus'' book ended with Ms. Fizzle setting up classroom decorations and donning an outfit relating to the subject of the next book. (eg, the book preceding the class' trip inside a hurricane ended with her displaying weather-measuring equipment and wearing a dress boasting stormy imagery.) {{Series Fauxnale}}s had Ms. Frizzle wear a dress covered in question marks on the last page.
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'':
** The first time he sees Captain Nemo, Aronnax instinctively trust him because BeautyEqualsGoodness, but later [[BrokenPedestal reevaluates his beliefs when it seems that man is going to leave them starving in a cell]]. Cue the final of the novel…
** Looking at the marvels of the South Pole, Ned Land says that TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow… just next chapter, the Nautilus is AlmostOutOfOxygen.
** Ned Land, GreatWhiteHunter, is ashamed when Ubermensch Captain Nemo [[KickTheDog Kicks The Cachalots]] in a terrible massacre. At the end of the novel, Nemo will KickTheDog again…
* In ''Conspiracies'', RepairmanJack encounters the Twins, agents of [[spoiler: the Ally]] who are the basis for that Verse's "men in black" rumors, and are noted for driving around with their headlights off. After his attempt to get away from the pair causes their deaths, Jack vacates the area, driving away in the dark with his headlights off. [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt Guess whose job he just inherited?]]
* In Dostoevsky's ''TheIdiot'', [[spoiler: Nastassya Filippovna makes a comment about Rogozhin becoming consumed by his passions and ending up being exiled to Siberia. Much later on, Rogozhin murders her...and is sentenced to fifteen years' hard labour in Siberia.]]
* Early in S.E. Hinton's ''ThatWasThenThisIsNow'', Byron muses about how Angela would look beautiful even with all her hair cut off. Later in the book, his friend Mark [[TraumaticHaircut does exactly that]] to her while she's passed out drunk.
* Jack London's short story, "To Build A Fire", is most frequently used to teach this trope in high school English classes. The reader knows the main character's a goner long before he does.
* In ''Literature/TheKiteRunner'', Amir reads Hassan a story about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rostam_and_Sohrab Rostam and Sohrab]]. Rostam kills Sohrab in battle, not knowing that Sohrab is his son. Later in the book, [[spoiler:Amir blames himself for Hassan's death, and learns that he was his half-brother]].
** In "Lost In a Good Book", second of Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" series, pairs of amusingly named agents appear throughout the novel. Examples include agents 'Kannon' and 'Phodder', and 'Lamm' and 'Slaughter'. These names foreshadow their inevitable horrible deaths.
* Among the various examples in ''Literature/{{Cerberon}}'' is this gem: When George and Cerberon are discussing what to do with the bodies of two highwaymen they had just killed, Cerberon asks, "Shouldn't we bury them?" to which George replies, "No. Leave them for the carrion birds. Maybe they can carry their wretched souls up to Heaven." Later on, they meet a family of skraad, [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey human-sized intelligent avian carrion birds]] [[{{Psychopomp}} who can lead lost spirits on to their afterlife]]. In an interesting CallBack to George's foreshadowing statement, one of the skraad tells another character, "There is nothing in the sky for the soul. It returns to the Source and the body nourishes more life."
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' foreshadows the death of [[spoiler: Harry Dresden]] in multiple books. Prominent examples include, Quintus Cassius's [[spoiler: death curse: "DIE ALONE!"]], and [[spoiler: the tombstone Harry was given as a threat by Bianca. It's epitaph: He died doing the right thing.]] It's not wrong.
* Early in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity Goes West]]'', Bill marshals many arguments to convince Lori to vacation in Colorado with the boys and Annelise; among them, he cites the many wonderful activities available to the boys and says, "They'll have a tale or two to tell their friends when they start school in the fall, that's for sure." Yes, and some of those tales will prove more exciting than even he bargained for—so exciting that they prompt the school's headmistress to summon Bill and Lori for a conference early in ''Aunt Dimity Vampire Hunter''.
* Creator/JackMcDevitt really likes to do this before killing off any vaguely important characters. When he starts talking about how one character will think back to this moment, later, it's often because it's the last time they'll see another character alive. He's deliberately not very subtle about it.
* In Dorothy L Sayer's ''Busman's Honeymoon'', Peter and Harriet arrive at their honeymoon cottage and send Bunter to knock loudly when nobody lets them in, saying 'Wake Duncan with thy knocking'. This is what Macbeth says when Duncan is dead (Wake Duncan ... I woulds't thou coulds't). The person being knocked for is dead.
* ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'' contains two. Katniss has a dream that essentially depicts [[spoiler:the epilogue]] and the resolution of the love triangle is foreshadowed when the characters describe [[spoiler:the wedding ritual of District 12 which includes the couple starting a fire and toasting a piece of bread. Take one guess as to whether the girl on fire ends up with the boy with the bread or with the other guy.]]
** In ''The Hunger Games'', she first notices Rue in training while practicing [[spoiler:with spears. In the Games, Rue is killed by a spear.]]
** The first time Gale appears he's holding a piece of bread pierced by an arrow. [[spoiler:Foreshadowing that Katniss will choose the boy with the bread. Tough luck to foreshadow that you'll be the RomanticRunnerUp.]]
* ''Literature/ProfessorMmaasLecture'': In a one-off gag, the termite student Nonobody wonders what are the chances that an auspicious miracle, such as an earthquake or another cataclysm, would happen before the professor asks him for his homework. Guess what happens near the end...
* In the last book of ''ArtemisFowl'', when watching [[spoiler: Gobdaw's soul move on to the afterlife in bliss]], [[spoiler: Artemis]] wonders when that happens to them, if they would react the same.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': [[spoiler:The Lightwoods have a history of marital troubles. Isabelle is noted as wishing she had her parents' blue eyes instead of her own dark ones. Blue eyes are a recessive genetic trait, it's impossible for two blue-eyed parents to have a child that's not blue-eyed.]]
* ''Literature/BestServedCold'': "Be nice to come out of this with both his eyes."
* In ''Literature/TempleTrouble'' Verkan Vall is rattling off a bunch of information for a couple pages. Buried in there is the source of the story's problems[[spoiler:, the name of the syndicate]].
* Near the beginning of the first TalesOfTheOtori book, ''Across the Nightingale Floor'', Kaede complains about how little of use she's been taught: "I learned embroidery, but you can't kill anyone with a needle." [[spoiler:Much later, she kills one of the main villains, with a needle.]]
* In ''TheGreatGatsby'', a man that Nick dubbed "Owl-Eyes" wrecks his car. Guessed what happened with another character involving a car?
** Tom Buchanan was involved in a car incident previously ... with a chambermaid in the passenger seat, revealing his infidelity. Another similar car incident later on in the book revealed adultery.
* In [[VorkosiganSaga ''The Warrior's Apprentice'']], Miles [[BlackHumor says at one point]] that there is almost enough medical data to build him a new body. He needn't have bothered with the almost, for later on, his [[CloningBlues clone-brother]] enters the scene.
* In ''DestinedToLead'', Resurge mentions that a 'game' wouldn't be so fun if someone breaks an arm. Later on, guess who ends up breaking a few ribs? In book one, Kajiya encounters a spiede, in book two- she gets captured by them! (Even more subtle, the first cave had jagged walls as opposed to the second's smooth ones, signifying it was unused by spiedes, the first speide was there as a messenger for the [[BigBad Big Bads]]!)
* Lucy Pavlov of ''Literature/BlondeBombshell'' decides that her amnesia of everything past five years ago is either the work of her enemy or something she had done to herself, with good reason. [[spoiler:Turns out it's because she's not actually human, but a bomb.]]
* From Joanne Harris's ''Literature/TheGospelOfLoki'':
** The "Characters" page at the beginning of the book contains several veiled references to events in the story.
*** Hoder is "a better shot than you might think".
*** Njörd has "nice feet".
*** Brokk is "good at sewing".
** There's also a blink-and-you'll miss it moment where Loki can be seen [[GoSeduceMyArchNemesis checking out a labourer's horse...]]

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