Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog

I just finished reading Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences, a book about sentence diagramming. By “art” she refers to beauty and not a system of principles and methods, and by “about” I mean surrounding not on the subject of.  The book is rather short and recalls the author’s happy childhood, gladly diagramming sentences in front of class.  She talks about its history, its future, its admirers, its uses, and its failings.  The one thing missing from the book, the one thing that I was really hoping for, is a good tutorial on how to diagram sentences.  Oh well, I guess that’s why we have the Internet.

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