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Mixed Compounds
From Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
Analysis Key

1. Jarvis Lorry saw the kindled eyes (DO), the resolute face (DO), the calm

     strong look (DO) and bearing (DO) {of the man}. |

2. The patriot, Barsad [#1], was a hired spy (PN) and traitor (PN)

     an unblushing trafficker (PN) {in blood}, and one (PN) {of the 

      greatest scoundrels} {upon earth} {since accursed Judas}. |

3. Tellson's Bank was very small (PA), very dark (PA), very

     ugly (PA), [#2] very incommodious (PA). |

4. The Minister, the State-Projector, the Farmer-General, the Doctor,

     the Lawyer, the Ecclesiastic, the Grand Opera, the Comedy, the 

     whole Fancy Ball {in a bright continuous flow} [#3], came whirling [#4] by. |

5. Then, she withdrew her hand (DO), and kissed his lips (DO) 

     once more, and went away. |

6. The red wine had stained many hands (DO), too, and many faces (DO),

     and many naked feet (DO), and many wooden shoes (DO). |  

7. The bronze face, the shaggy black hair and beard, the coarse 

     woollen red cap, the rough medley dress {of home-spun stuff 

     and hairy skins of beasts}, the powerful frame attenuated [#5] {by 

     spare living}, and the sullen and desperate compression {of the lips}

     {in sleep}, inspired the mender (DO) {of roads} {with awe}. |

8. The looks {of all} {of them} were dark (PA), repressed (PA)

     and revengeful (PA). |

9. She put her needless candle (DO) {in the shadow} {at a distance},

     crept up {to his bed}, and put her lips (DO) {to his}; [#6] then

     leaned {over him}, and looked {at him}. |

10. Pride, contempt, defiance, stubbornness, submission

     lamentation, succeeded one another (DO) [#7] ; | so (DO) did 

     varieties {of sunken cheek, cadaverous colour, emaciated hands and figures}. |

1. "Barsad" is an appositive to "patriot." See KISS Level 5.4 - Appositives.
2. Note that while in a series of compounds the last two are joined by an "and," Dickens did not use one here.
3. The phrase "in a bright continuous flow" could be considered as an adverb to "came," but it is separated from it by a comma, and placed where it is, it modifies the subjects more than the verb.
4. "Whirling" can be explained as part of the verb phrase in a palimpsest pattern. (See KISS Level 2.1.4 - Palimpsest Patterns.) And it can be explained as a verbal (gerund) that functions as a Noun Used as an Adverb. (See Level 4 - Verbals.)
5. "Attenuated" is a verbal adjective (gerundive) that modifies "frame."
6. I don't understand this semicolon, but then I don't understand how she could have kissed him when he was in the bed without leaning over him first. Or does the semicolon imply that she straightened up first and then leaned over and looked?
7. For those who are interested in such things, the "one another" might be seen as functioning as both subject and direct object--repeatedly -- Pride succeeded contempt; contempt succeeded defiance; defiance succeeded stubbornness, etc.