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In all these cases the action is distanced from the agent, which remains in some cases rather insubstantial and certainly unexplained. The recipient of the action appears not to have planned what took place and is made to seem as though she acquiesced in it rather than welcomed it. The role of these women is that of those to whom things happen rather than that of those who make things happen. They are at the whim of others. Verbs indicate an action or a state, referred to respectively as dynamic and stative.
Naturally the lexical choice of verb and adverbial may influence the amount of emphasis each sentence element has, and other factors such as rhyme in poetry may operate. In Sonnet 129 the final line finishes that leads men to this hell, in which to this hell is an adjunct of place. In the adjunct not only is hell the last word of the sonnet, but also it rhymes with well and stands in contrast to heauen. It carries the main emphasis in the line, and the adjunct has been pushed into much greater prominence than either the subject which is the relatively innocuous that or the predicator leads.
Although it is not a finite verb, but an infinitive, the principle is the same. It occurs in sentence 1 where 'Miss Maria Ward ... had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady'. e. e. she is raised to the rank of a baronet's lady. The way in which she achieves this elevation is not made clear, for the process is concealed within the thereby. Presumably through the captivation of the baronet she became a lady, but the process of being raised is not made to seem an explicit part of her own action.