Texas drawls is connected to "never seen such".
The enormous factories are real.
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Indonesia offered what seemed like a limitless range of experience, but there was a murky, threatening edge to it. I’d never seen such stark poverty as what was on display in Jakarta, or such naked capitalism at work in the enormous factories and the Texas drawls coming from across the hotel lobby where the oil company executives were drinking. You could spend a lovely hour chatting at the bar with a grandfatherly Brit about the charms of San Francisco and his prize greyhounds back in the U.K., and when you took his business card on the way out, he would explain casually that he was an arms dealer.
the Texas drawls is connected with “never seen” or “work in”?
And “the enormous factories” is metaphor or it means actual factories?
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"I had never seen such naked capitalism as [I had seen naked capitalism] in the Texas drawls coming across the hotel lobby."
May I please know what the prepositional phrase (in boldface type) modifies (attaches to)?
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Please note that a better title would have been Texas drawls.
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Since no one has answered my question, I think that it is all right if I timidly share some ideas (not "answers") with you.
After thinking about that sentence for two days, I think that we can boil it down to something short like this:
"I had seen capitalism at work in the Texas drawls coming from the hotel lobby."
I shall now try to parse that sentence.
I do NOT claim that my analysis is completely correct, but I feel that it is NOT totally absurd.
I = subject.
had seen = verb.
capitalism = object.
at work = prepositional phrase that modifies "capitalism." That is to say, "capitalism in action."
in the Texas drawls coming from the hotel lobby = prepositional phrase that modifies the verb "had seen."
Question: WHERE had you seen capitalism at work?
Answer: In the Texas drawls coming from the hotel lobby.
I’d never seen [such stark poverty as what was on display in Jakarta], or [such naked capitalism at work in the enormous factories and the Texas drawls coming from across the hotel lobby where the oil company executives were drinking].
(BrE first language speaker.)