In a story titled "Prelude" written by "Katherine Mansfield" I came across the following sentence in this paragraph:
The fireplace was choked up with rubbish. She poked among it but found nothing except a hair-tidy with a heart painted on it that had belonged to the servant girl. Even that she left lying, and she trailed through the narrow passage into the drawing-room.
After a little bit of investigation, I realized that "Even that she left lying" means "She left even that lying", with "that" referring to the "hair-tidy", meaning:
She left everything lying in the fireplace, even the hair-tidy.
The meaning of this sentence was very unclear to me at first . So my question is why the object of the verb has been moved to the beginning of sentence? What's been the purpose? to emphasize? to make the sentence more beautiful? Is this sort of stuff only found in literature? Or is it something that I may face in daily conversations as well?