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LONESOME DOVE - NOVEL ANALYSIS
7.) It is
significant that when Call makes his decision to leave the next day for
Montana, he tells Newt first. Perhaps there is a great deal of love and
respect for the boy that Captain Call never shows. This foreshadows his
inability to tell Newt later that he is his son.
8.) Roscoe Brown looks back on the little town where he has lived
most of his life - Fort Smith, Arkansas, - as he rides away with a strong
premonition that he won’t be back. This foreshadows his death at the hands
of Blue Duck.
9.) Chapter thirty three is a presentation of the aftermath of
the storm. It gives a kind of list of all the characters and how they
fared through the storm. Most handled the elements well, even the bull
and the pigs. Only poor Sean O’Brien was unlucky in how he confronted
the storm. This, as well as the constant emphasis on river crossings,
is a kind of foreshadowing of the tragedy to come.
10.) Gus figures if they have too much bad luck on the drive
to Montana, he himself probably won’t make it. He says he’s not as spry
as he used to be and believes that could spell his doom. He will die at
the hands of the Blood Indians.
11.) Clara’s Orchard reminds Gus of the time when he was the
happiest. This foreshadows Call’s journey to bury him there.
12.) Call finds it unconscionable that Jake would leave Lorie
alone in such rough country. This foreshadows her kidnapping by Blue Duck.
13.) Pea Eye has tormented dreams of being killed by Indians
which foreshadows Gus’ death when he is with him.
14.) The feeling the story conveys when the plot is seen from the viewpoint of Elmira is that it’s only a matter of time before she comes face to face with some real danger.
15.) Gus can’t talk July Johnson out of coming with him to get
Lorie back and fears to leave the inexperienced deputy behind with Joe
and Janey. It foreshadows the deaths of all three.
16.) Jake has a strong feeling that soon the guns the Suggs Brothers
carry will be pointed toward something other than deer. This foreshadows
the murders they commit that lead to Jake’s hanging.
17.) Chapter seventy-seven ends with Clara telling July’s baby
that they don’t care what his Pa thinks of them, because they already
know what they think of him. This foreshadows Clara’s plan to keep July,
and therefore his baby son, living at her home.
18.) Po Campo predicts there will be a shortage of water, and
they nearly lose the herd because of it.
19.) The news about the Sioux is foreshadowing as July will later learn that both Elmira and Zwey will be murdered by the Sioux.
20.) When Call questions him about his mood, Deets tells him
that he doesn’t like the north - “the light’s too thin.” Call is worried
about this comment, because he has noticed a look in Deets’ eyes like
an animal stares before it dies. This foreshadows Deets’ death.
21.) Chapter eighty-three is full of foreshadowing. First, Deets
exhibits symptoms of a man about to die, which will come true in the near
future. Call says that he probably has a premonition of all their deaths
at the hands of some Indians, but the truth is only Deets will be killed
by an Indian. Finally, Weaver threatens to box their ears if he sees them
in town, which will come true for Newt when Weaver later tries to take
his and Dish Boggett’s horses in Ogallala.
22.) Reinforcing the basic goodness of Gus’ character toward
the end of the story prepares the reader for the tragedy of his death
later in the novel.
23.) Gus’ desire to be buried in Texas is foreshadowing of Call’s
last great journey.
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