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Embedded Subordinate Clauses:
A Passage for Analysis

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.

     Thus it had come to pass, that Tellson's was the triumphant 

perfection of inconvenience.  After bursting open a door of idiotic 

obstinacy with a weak rattle in its throat, you fell into Tellson's down

two steps, and came to your senses in a miserable little shop, with two

little counters, where the oldest of men made your cheque shake as if 

the wind rustled it, while they examined the signature by the dingiest of

windows, which were always under a shower-bath of mud from 

Fleet-street, and which were made the dingier by their own iron bars

proper, and the heavy shadow of Temple Bar.  If your business 

necessitated your seeing "the House," you were put into a species of 

Condemned Hold at the back, where you meditated on a misspent life, 

until the House came with its hands in its pockets, and you could hardly 

blink at it in the dismal twilight.  Your money came out of, or went into, 

wormy old wooden drawers, particles of which flew up your nose and 

down your throat when they were opened and shut.