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Noun Absolutes as Nouns
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 ("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.
5. Put a box around every gerund and gerundive. If it is a gerund indicate its function over the box. If it is a gerundive, draw an arrow to the word it modifies. 
6. Put an oval around every infinitive and indicate (as in three above) its function.
7. Put a wavy line under each noun absolute and label its function.

1. "Now, I hear somebody's step coming to the door."

2. As early as six o'clock in the morning, sallow faces peeping through

     its barred windows had descried other faces within.

3. I am not going to guess, at five o'clock in the morning, with my 

     brains frying and sputtering in my head.

4. "I do not want it examined," he answered.

5. A figure entering at the door threw a shadow on Madame Defarge

     which she felt to be a new one.

6. "There's all manner of things wanted," said Miss Pross.

7. What private solicitude could rear itself against the deluge of the

     Year One of Liberty--the deluge rising from below, not falling from

     above, and with the windows of Heaven shut, not opened!

8. I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, 

     and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats,

     through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the 

     previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making

     expiation for itself and wearing out.

9. "There is a great crowd coming one day into our lives," Sydney 

    Carton struck in, in his moody way.

10. A mere beast of the chase flying from hunters, he was still in his

     metempsychosis no other than the same Monseigneur, the

     preparation of whose chocolate for whose lips had once occupied

     three strong men besides the cook in question.