The countess was accustomed to this tone as a precursor of news of something detrimental to the children’s interests, such as the building of a new gallery or conservatory, the inauguration of a private theater or an orchestra.
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You mean all that was just the precursor?
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
In a way, that terrible episode became not only the precursor but also the symbol for all the horrible viciousness that would follow.