VictorB пишет: ↑07 мар 2021, 09:59
IMO, it has nothing to do with the Absolute Clause:
"bag and overcoat" is a binomial, "in hand" is a set expression, and "with head held high" is an idiom
Could be a good point, but you might want to split the 'binomial' to check how its parts work separately:
Once in a Promised Land - Page 19
Laila Halaby · 2007
Bag in hand, he went outside to his car. Did not kiss his wife goodbye. Did not look at her before he left. Did not even think to.
Hand Over Mind - Page 25
Marc Lovell · 1979
Getting out of his car, overnight bag in hand, Andrew said, “This looks more like a farm." "Non-operational, to use one of Jack's terms, ”Harry Scott said.“ But some of the buildings come in useful for storage.
The Melchizedek Connection - Page 260
Raymond E. Fowler · 2001
Harold waited, coat in hand, behind her. She turned around and looked up at him. Harold dropped his coat and hesitantly extended his ...
Falk: A Reminiscence - Page 19
Joseph Conrad · 2007
At once, coat in hand, he began to tell his wife all about it. Mrs. Hermann put the palms of her plump hands together; I smiled and bowed ...
This one has got to be another binomial:)
Skeletons in the Closet - Page 230
Bill Pomidor · 1997
Standing in the reception room, briefcase and overcoat in hand, he frowned a question. "Or is this an emergency?" "No." Plato shrugged. "I was going to come out earlier, but I got backed up with paperwork." It was true enough, he supposed.
Same as a 'binomial' with the preposition:
The Great Gatsby - Page 83
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ruth Prigozy · 1998
... quickly down the drive, disappearing under the August foliage just as Gatsby, with hat and light overcoat in hand, came out the front door.
And as a mononomial - without it:
A Diary from Dixie - Page 225
Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, Isabella D. Martin, Myrta Lockett Avary · 1905
When Dick hastened out, overcoat in hand, and only Simon was visible, after several obsequious “Yes, marster; just as marster pleases,” my mother had always to step out and prevent a fight. Dick never forgave her laughing.
When I mentioned omitted articles I wasn't referring to the 'in hand' idiom. I mean the zero-article with the first noun, of course. And you didn't account for 'fork in hand', either.
Saved from Silence: Finding Women's Voice in Preaching - Page 112
Mary Donovan Turner, Mary Lin Hudson · 2012
She huddled inside an overcoat, collar upturned. Her small eyes were looking out, one puffy and dark.The man started talking, insisting on ...
A binomial again?))
Out of Nowhere - Page 138
Doris Mortman · 1998
Garbed in black spandex tights, black loafers, and a man's white dress shirt, cuffs and collar upturned, she conveyed not only confidence, but flair. “So, how and why does one become a makeup artist?” he asked, noticing the quixotic ...
Or maybe not so much...)
Resetting the Armageddon Clock
Matt Thomas · 2011
"Is this what you predicted?" she said, eyes welling up, holding back a mix of rage and sadness. “Is this what you thought would happen when you moved that hand up an extra minute?"
Standard Novels - Volume 5 - Page 67
He uplifted the dagger for a moment, gazed upon the blade, - upon the dear countenance that, with lashes cast down, lips quivering and burning, leant over him - saw it illuminated with the expression that could not be mistaken, and he flung the weapon from him with all his strength.
'(With) head held high' is an idiom all right, but as you can see, the origin of this idiom lies with the above mentioned optional 'rule' of ommittable articles.
Kind_Punk пишет: ↑07 мар 2021, 19:12
так можно, но "правило" так и не нагуглил )
Винтажная штучка. Надо искать в винтажных грамматиках. Но времени жаль рыскать.