". . .to let fall is absolute indifference, absolute contempt;"

I think this got maybe discerned an asyndetic coordinate subject complement. May something like He was a moody man, his temper was never equable seem maybe something like an asyndetic coordinate subject complement?

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    This is an advanced question. It will need a real linguist to even understand what you're asking. Please post it on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. – Brian Hitchcock Jul 6 '15 at 7:17
  • absolute indifference, absolute contempt is an asyndetic coordination, but the sentence He was a moody man, his temper was never equable is an example of parataxis. – Damkerng T. Jul 6 '15 at 9:56
  • All right. I guess I may do that, Brian Hitchcock. I appreciate it. – saySay Jul 9 '15 at 0:05
  • That information on parataxis seems interesting. I thank you, Damkerng T.. – saySay Jul 9 '15 at 0:05

He was a moody man, his temper was never equable.

There are two independent clauses above. The comma could be replaced with a full stop or a semi-colon. I would consider the comma merely a vagary of punctuation, and would not process the two sentences as one.

Let's remove the "was":

He was a moody man, his temper never equable.

There, "his temper never equable" is a supplemental clause.

He was a moody man, an intemperate man.

Here we have asyndetic coordination.

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  • I think I may get main clauses, subordinate clauses, adjective clauses and noun clauses. I may not get supplemental clauses. I may not get how that may seem a clause. I guess I thought clauses got to contain a subject and verb. It seems to contain a subject. I may not discern a verb. And so asyndetic coordination seems to mostly contain maybe no and, no verb, and maybe no subject? I thank you, TRomano. – saySay Jul 9 '15 at 0:03

If you mean that the connecting words "and/or" are lacking between "absolute indifferene" and "absolute contempt" you are right. And, yes, your bold part is a subject complement.

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