". . .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?

  • I think this is related to your question:- < “to let fall is”… A complete clause? What is the subject?> - Unfortunately your question here is not clear. Please can you rephrase it? – chasly from UK Jul 10 '15 at 18:09
  • What exactly is your question? Is it 'is this asyndeton?'? Or is it 'how does one determine an instance of asyndeton?'? Or what? – Mitch Feb 6 '16 at 16:51

You have an example of an asyndeton, an omission of a conjunction:

He was a moody man ; [,and] his temper was never equable.

Where the different type faces give your choices: semicolon, asyndeton; conjunction, syndeton.

But the conjuncts are two independent clauses, not subjective complements. If you want the latter, try this:

He was a moody, volatile-tempered man

  • So may He was a moody man, his temper was never equable. seem like an asyndeton? And I guess asyndetic means not containing a conjunction? I think someone did text He was a moody man, his temper was never equable. seems mostly like two independent clauses. And maybe mostly He was a moody man, an intemperate man. seemed like asyndetic coordination. – saySay Jul 11 '15 at 0:28
  • That's exactly what it means from the Greek ἀ (not) + σύνδετον (connected). Your first example is an asyndeton of independent clauses. Place a semicolon between them instead of a comma. Your last example is an asyndeton of subjective complements. – deadrat Jul 11 '15 at 1:36

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