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From The Lost Phoebe, by Theodore Dreiser
Post-Positioned Adjectives Ex # 2
Analysis Key

1. The writing {of letters} had become an almost impossible burden (PN) too

difficult [PPA] to continue or even negotiate [#1] {via others}, [Adv. to "difficult" 

although an occasional letter still did arrive {from the daughter} {in Pemberton 

County}]. |

2. The old farmer's eyes softened, | and he entered. | He was so thin and pale a

specimen (PN), pantalooned [PPA] and patriarchal [PPA] [#2] [Adv. to "so" that he

aroused Mrs. Race's extremest sympathy (DO) [Adv. to "aroused" as he took off

his hat (DO) and laid it (DO) {on his knees} quite softly and mildly]]. |

3. {By a circuitous route} it passed {about him}, | and {in his fevered state} he fancied

[DO that he could see the very eyes (DO) {of her}, not [ [#3] as she was [Adv. to 

"was" when he last saw her (DO) {in the black dress and shawl}]] but now a strangely

younger Phoebe [#4], gayer [PPA], sweeter [PPA], the one [#5] [Adj. to "one" whom [#6]

he had known years [NuA] before [#7] {as a girl}]]. |

1. "To continue" and "negotiate" are infinitives that function as adverbs to "too."
2. My guess is that the writers of most textbooks would expect a comma here to set off the post-positioned adjectives. I would have used one here, but my point is that well-known published writers do not always follow the rules.
3. This "as" clause modifies "not." The "not" is a partial modifier of "could see," distinguished from the later "but now."
4. This "Phoebe" is an appositive to the "her" in "eyes of her."
5. "One" is an appositive to "Phoebe."
6. "Whom" is simultaneously the subordinating conjunction and the direct object of "had known."
7. "Before" can be explained as an adverb that modifies the adverbial function of "years," or it can be explained as a preposition with its object ellipsed ("before *this*"). The prepositional phrase modifies "years."