Reply to "Inversion in comparative sentence"

I have just come upon an example of a correlative comparative construction containing inversion in the second clause and would like to share it, lest any skepticism remain as to the (restricted) possibility of using inversion here.

The quotation comes from the seventh chapter of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), an abolitionist novel so influential that Abraham Lincoln famously said that it started the U.S. Civil War.

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"The more hopelessly sordid and insensible he appeared, the greater became Mrs. Shelby's dread of his succeeding in recapturing Eliza and her child, and of course the greater her motive for detaining him by every female artifice."   -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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