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Chekhov’s gun

Chekhov’s gun
 n.— «There’s a literary technique called “Chekhov’s gun” where something introduced early in a story is revealed only later as significant. In Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya, for example, a pistol is a seemingly irrelevant prop until Uncle Vanya fires it in rage two acts on.» —“Debt to destiny” by Rosie Blau Financial Times (United Kingdom) Sept. 29, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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