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Noun Absolutes as Nouns
A Passage for Analysis
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

This selection compares and contrasts Linton and Catherine. The punctuation of this text differs in different editions. This version is from the 1959 Signet  Classic edition, Chapter 24, pages 237.

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.

     One time, however, we were near quarrelling.  He said the pleasantest

manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning till evening on

a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, with the bees humming

dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead,

and the blue sky and bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly.  That

was his most perfect idea of heaven's happiness; mine was rocking in a

rustling green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds

flitting rapidly above; and not only larks, but throstles, and blackbirds,

and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every side, and the 

moors seen at a distance, broken into cool dusky dells; but close by

great swells of long grass undulating in waves to the breeze; and woods

and sounding water, and the whole world awake and wild with joy.  He

wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle, and

dance in a glorious jubilee.