I was reading an article on modifiers , but some of the sentences confused me.
1) Slender and graceful, her eyes filling with tears, Brenda completed her skating routine, her long hair whipped by her speed.
What type of sentence is this? why is "slender and graceful" at the beginning of the sentence? I know this sentence is related to "absolute phrase".
2) Gray-bearded and toothless, dressed in jockey shorts and a stash bag, he walked up and down the sidewalk, restlessly waiting to begin.
Same type like the first one, but it's related to a participle, isn't it?
3) Frightened, confused, giggling hysterically, Lucille collapsed into the nearest fountain.
Maybe here the writer wanted to say: Lucille was frightened, confused and was giggling hysterically, so she collapsed into the nearest fountain. If it so, my question is: Is it correct to write present and past participle in a raw?
Could somebody explain these sentences to me?