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An Exercise in Punctuation

Two Sentences from "The Sleeping Beauty"
from My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales
by Edric  Vredenburg; Illustrated by Jennie Harbour

1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements (PN, PA, IO, DO).
3. Place brackets around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function (PN, IO, DO, OP) above the opening bracket. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.
5. Briefly explain the logic implied by the words and/or punctuation marks that join the compounded main clauses.

1. And the horses got up and shook themselves, and the dogs jumped about

and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked

around and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed; the fire in the

kitchen blazed up and cooked the dinner, and the roast meat turned round

again; the cook gave the boy the box on his ear so that he cried out, and 

the maid went to milk the cows.

2. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing, and went to sleep; and the

meat that was roasting stood still; and the cook, who was at that moment

pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the ear for 

something he had done amiss, let him go, and both fell asleep; and so 

everything stood still, and slept soundly.