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Embedded Prepositional Phrases
From Lassie, Come Home, by Eric Knight
Analysis Key

1. Once, {at a fork} {in the road}, Rowlie turned his van (DO) east [NuA] . |

2. {In the delicate membrane} {between those pads} {on the right forefoot} a thorn

was festering. |

3. And certainly, {in that particular village}, they would have known {about

any such important matter} {as the resale} {of Lassie} [#1]. |

4. Rowlie turned his wagon (DO) out {on the road}, | and soon there [#2] was 

the steady clop-clop (PN) {of Bess's hooves} {on the flinty way} [#3]. |

5. Then, {without hesitation}, she struck {down the road} {to the south} [#3]. |

1. Note that the "as" phrase modifies the adjective "such" in the preceding phrase.
2. For an alternative explanation of "there" see KISS Level 2.1.3 - Expletives.
3. Some people will see the "on" phrase as adverbial to "was," and, although I do not agree, I would accept that explanation. (The difference is not worth the argument.) Similar alternatives appear in the following sentence. Did she strike to the south? Or does "to the south" describe the road? In this case, the alternative explanations seem equally valid.