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Mixed Subordinate Clauses
Based on The Queen of the Pirate Isle
by Bret Harte
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway
1. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline every subject once, every verb twice, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," "DO").
3. Put brackets [ ] around every subordinate clause and use arrows or labels to indicate their function.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.

1. The colour they most loved, and which was most familiar to

them, was the dark red of the ground beneath their feet everywhere.

2. When the solemn rite was concluded, Step-and-Fetch-It paid his

own courtesy with an extra squeeze of the curly head, and deposited

her again in the truck.

3. Polly was thinking about how she would care for her poor children.

4. The next thing she remembered was that she was apparently being

carried along on some gliding object to the sound of rippling water.

5. Perhaps I ought to explain that she had already known other 

experiences of a purely imaginative character.

6. That Polly's personification of "The Proud Lady" disturbed her

mother resulted in Polly's abandoning it.

7. That the red dust may have often given a sanguinary tone to their

fancies, I have every reason to believe.

8. Most of the characters that she assumed for days and sometimes

weeks at a time were purely original in conception.

9. Any change in the weather was as unexpected as it is in books.

10. Well meant as her father's account was, it only settled in the 

child's mind that she must keep the awful secret to herself and that

no one could understand her.