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From The Lost Phoebe
by Theodore Dreiser
Noun Absolutes Ex # 2

1. “Laws! Laws!” sighed Mrs. Race, there being no one present with whom to 

share her astonishment as she went to her kitchen.

2. He took down his soft crush hat after he had dressed himself, a new glint of 

interest and determination in his eye, and taking his black crook cane from

behind the door, where he had always placed it, started out briskly to look for 

her among the nearest neighbors. 

3. On she moved before him, a will-o'-the-wisp of the spring, a little flame 

above her head, and it seemed as though among the small saplings of ash and 

beech and the thick trunks of hickory and elm that she signaled with a young, 

a lightsome hand.

4. Another night, because of this first illusion, and because his mind was now 

constantly on her and he was old, he looked out of the window that was nearest

his bed and commanded a hen-coop and pig-pen and a part of the wagon-shed,

and there, a faint mist exuding from the damp of the ground, he thought he saw

her again.