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The Punctuation and Logic
of Compound Main Clauses 
Lassie, Come Home
by Eric Knight 
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. Animals are creatures of habit -- but new habits can be formed.

2. But behind him the cottage door opened and his mother's voice spoke.

3. Then, when the boy was nearer, they heard his cry: "She's come back!

She's come back!"

4. Rowlie tried to teach her to swing along under the wagon behind the 

rear axle, as a well-trained Dalmatian carriage dog would have done in 

the days of traps and phaetons; but Lassie would have none of it.

5. Where the cold-blood horse will quit and give no more, the thoroughbred

will answer and give another burst of speed gallantly, even if he is spending

the last ounce of life strength; where the mongrel dog will whine and slink 

away, the pure-bred will still stand with uncomplaining fearlessness.

6. And so Lassie, although now much warier, treated these men as she 

had treated those other men in her own village: she accepted them, but 

responded to none of them, nor went where they could touch her, nor 

answered any of their commands.

7. And I got mad at him, for I don't owe him a penny, Duke or no Duke,

and I said if she got away again, he'd not see her no more, and he said if 

she ever got away again I was welcome to her, but he'd see she didn't.

8. There were two opposing forces struggling in Lassie -- one to keep away

from men; the other to defend her home.