"That's beautiful," said Annie. Jack smiled. He agreed.

Brother Patrick turned to them. "it is such sights as this that inspire our book-making," he said.

what function is "as this" in this sentence?

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It is a generalizing construction. The meaning is

It is this sight, and others quite similar to this one, that …

Obviously, it is far more concise to say

It is such sights as this that …

My feeling is that

It is sights such as this that …

is more common in American speech.

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