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From The Lost Phoebe, by Theodore Dreiser
Delayed Subjects - Ex # 2
Analysis Key

1. {In fair weather} it had become old Reifsneider's habit (PN), [ [#1] so inured was

he {by now} {to the open}], to make his bed [#2] {in some such patch} {of trees} {as this}

 [#3] to fry [#4] his bacon or boil his eggs [#4] {at the foot} {of some tree} {before laying

himself [#5] down} {for the night}. |
 

2. [Adv. to "was" As he climbed {on the chair} {at night} to wind the old

long-pendulumed, double-weighted clock [#6], or went finally {to the front and the back 

door} to see [#7] [DO that they were safely shut (P) in]], it was a comfort (PN)

to know [#8] [DO that Phoebe was there, properly ensconsed [#9] {on her side} {of 

the bed}], and [DO that [Adv. to "would be" if he stirred restlessly {in the night}],

she would be there to ask [#10] [DO what he wanted]]. |


Notes
1. This is a very unusual causal adverbial clause to "had become." The "so" does not function, at least to me, as much as a subordinating conjunction as it does as an adverb to "inured."
2. "Bed" is the direct object of the infinitive "to make." The infinitive phrase functions as a delayed subject.
3. The "as this" phrase functions as an adverb to "such."
4. "Bacon" is the direct object of the infinitive "to fry," and "eggs" is the direct object of the infinitive "to boil." My sense is that there should be an "and" before "to fry," thereby making both infinitive phrase additional delayed subjects. Without that "and," it is easy, though obviously incorrect, to read "to fry" and "to boil" as adverbs to "to make."
5. "Himself" is the direct object of the gerund "laying" which functions as the object of the preposition "before."
6. "Clock" is the direct object of the infinitive "to wind." The infinitive phrase functions as an adverb (of purpose) to "climbed."
7. The infinitive "to see" functions as an adverb to "went."
8. The infinitive phrase based on "to know" functions as a delayed subject -- and continues to the end of the sentence.
9. "Ensconced" is a gerundive that modifies "Phoebe."
10. The infinitive "to ask" functions as an adverb to "there," or some may say "would be." Whether it functions as an adverb of purpose or result probably depends on whether you are male or female.