Complemented adjectives, however, are normally allowable, hence
Those happy with the proposed pay hike were among the first to turn up.
(where 'happy' is complemented by 'with...hike')
Those rich in spirit are superior to those rich merely in terms of money.
while we may not have simply
*Those happy were...
*Those rich are...
'Present' and 'absent' are among a small number of apparent exceptions, although we may rationalize this on the basis that a complement is always implicit (present at the meeting, absent from the meeting, etc.)