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Embedded Subordinate Clauses
# 2 From
Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase. 
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements (“PN,” “PA,” “IO,” “DO”). 
3. Place brackets around each subordinate clause. If the clause functions as a noun, label its function (Subj. PN, IO, DO, OP) above the opening bracket. If it functions as an adjective or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the clause modifies.
4. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.

1. At the instant when Darnay saw a rush in the eyes of the crowd, which

     another instant would have brought upon him, the postmaster turned

     his horse into the yard, the escort rode in close upon his horse's flanks,

     and the postmaster shut and barred the crazy double gates.

2. So much was closing in about the women who sat knitting, knitting, 

     that they their very selves were closing in around a structure yet unbuilt,

     where they were to sit knitting, knitting, counting dropping heads.

3. Mr. Lorry hacked the shoemaker's bench to pieces, while Miss Pross

     held the candle as if she were assisting at a murder--for which, indeed,

     in her grimness, she was no unsuitable figure.

4. But, in the composure of his manner he was unaltered, except that to

     the shrewd glance of Mr. Lorry it disclosed some shadowy indication

     that the old air of avoidance and dread had lately passed over him, 

     like a cold wind.

5. Within a hundred miles, and in the light of other fires, there were 

     other functionaries less fortunate, that night and other nights, whom

     the rising sun found hanging across once-peaceful streets, where 

     they had been born and bred.