Gustavo, Contributor posted:
"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
Interesting case of full inversion -- rather than just subject-auxiliary inversion as we had seen so far in this thread. One thing is certain: the comparative in this kind of structure can be found to cause inversion in some cases. The subject being so long in the sentence above, full inversion seems to be preferred over subject-auxiliary inversion, don't you think?:
?The more hopelessly sordid and insensible he appeared, the greater did Mrs. Shelby's dread of his succeeding in recapturing Eliza and her child become...
Your comment about the long subject is excellent. I completely agree with you.
BTW, I still remember your first post on this forum. I think it was about using inversion with a long subject, right?