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From Chapter Nine of Blue Willow, by Doris Gates
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     Deciding [#1] [DO she had nothing (DO) to fear [#2] ] and glad [ [#3] that {at 

last} she could put her trust (DO) {in this man} just [Adv. to "could put" as she had

wanted to do [#4] that day [NuA] {under the willows} [#5] ,]] Janey once more perched 

herself (DO) {on the edge} {of her chair} and began her story (DO). | She told it 

(DO) straightforwardly and simply {without any emphasis} {on any particular part}. | {Except

[OP when Dad won second prize (DO) {in the contest}]} [#6] | and then a note {of 

pride} did creep {into her voice}. |

     We got this coat (DO) {with some} {of the money}, [ [#7] she said {in an aside} 

{to Mrs. Anderson}]. |

     [Subject And a very pretty one (PN) it is,] was her reply (PN). |

     They exchanged knowing smiles (DO) {with each other}, quite ignoring Mr. 

Anderson [#8], [Adv. to "ignoring" since no man could be expected (P) to 

appreciate a thing [#9] {like that}]. |

1. "Deciding" is a gerundive that chunks to "Janey."
2. The infinitive "to fear" functions as an adjective to "nothing."
3. This clause is adverbial to "glad" which modifies "Janey."
4. The infinitive "to do" functions as the direct object of "had wanted."
5. "Under the willows" can be described as an adverb to "had wanted" (or "to do"), or it can be described as an adjective to "day."
6. Lacking a main subject/verb, this is a fragment.
7. KISS explains this clause as an interjection. (See the instructional material on Subordinate clauses as interjections or direct objects.)
8. "Mr. Anderson" is the direct object of "ignoring," which is a gerundive that modifies "They."
9. "Thing" is the direct object of the infinitive "to appreciate." The infinitive phrase functions as a retained direct object after the passive "could be expected." (The active voice version would be something such as "They could expect no man to appreciate a thing like that.")