FORESHADOW: clues planted in the text to prepare a reader for an event to come later

foreshadow

In a well-written novel a name will be mentioned in an early chapter and then not heard of again until much later in the story.   When it pops up, the reader may be stunned, thinking I remember that name!  I wondered what happened to him. The author has foreshadowed the event by simply mentioning the name. […]