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Directions Compound Main Clauses (IM)

Exercise # 2 on Compound Main Clauses
From A Dog of Flanders by Ouida

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.