Reply to "Inversion in comparative sentence"

I am reading Thomas Merton's famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, and was reminded yesterday of this thread, when, in reading the book, I came upon another rare instance of a correlative comparative containing inversion in the second clause.

This example more closely resembles Novice's (c) than does the Uncle Tom's Cabin example I gave above, since the clause in question uses "be," it contains "the more," and "the more" modifies an adjective. Actually, "the more" modifies three coordinated adjectives. Enjoy!

Quote:

"The more active Pop became and the more he shouted and gave directions, the more hesitant and doubtful and finally inert was my grandmother."

- Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain (Chapter 1)

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