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.