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"Why the Cat always Falls upon her Feet"
from The Book of Nature Myths
by Florence Holbrook
Exercise # 6 Analysis Key

     [Adv. to "came" As the magician lay asleep [#1],] a great serpent came softly

{from the thicket}. | It lifted high its shining crest (DO) and saw the man (DO) (at the

foot} {of the tree). | "I will kill him (DO)!" [ [#2] it hissed]. | "I could have eaten

that cat (DO) last night [NuA[Adv. to "could have eaten" if he had not called,

[DO [#3] '*You* Watch, little cat [DirA],] [DO *You* watch!]'] | I will kill him

(DO), | I will kill him (DO)!" |

1. "Asleep" can be explained as an adverb to "lay" and/or as a predicate adjective is an palimpsest pattern with "was" underlying "lay."
2. See the discussion of subordinate clauses as interjections or direct objects.
3. I have yet to see a grammar book that deals with anything like this. The entire quotation is the direct object of "called." I have separated it into two subordinate clauses, but one could justifiably argue that the second "watch" functions as an appositive to the first, and thus make it all one subordinate clause.