Exercise # 2 on Compound Main Clauses
1.) The day had yet scarce more than dawned, most of the shutters
were still closed, but some of the
villagers were about.
2.) The old man could ill contrive to support himself, but he took up
the additional burden uncomplainingly, and it soon became welcome
and precious to him.
3.) In winter it was hard, and the snow numbed the little white limbs
of Nello, and the icicles cut the
brave, untiring feet of Patrasche.
4.) He suffered a great deal sometimes from frost, and the terrible
roads, and the rheumatic pains of his limbs, but he only drew his
breath hard and bent his stout neck,
and trod onward with steady patience.
5.) In winter the winds found many holes in the walls of the poor
little hut, and the vine was black and leafless, and the bare lands
looked very bleak and drear without, and sometimes within the floor
was flooded and then frozen.
6.) Little Alois was often with Nello and Patrasche. They played in
the fields, they ran in the snow, they gathered the daisies and bilberries,
they went up to the old gray church together, and they often sat
together by the broad wood-fire
in the mill-house.
7.) No one really credited the miller's absurd suspicion, nor the
outrageous accusations born of them, but the people were all very
poor and very ignorant, and the one rich man of the place had
pronounced against him.
8.) A mist obscured Nello's sight, his head swam, his limbs almost failed him.