Link to syntax practice from The Mayor of Casterbridge

“The morning sun was streaming through the crevices of the canvas when the man awoke. [. . .]
He looked about—at the benches—at the table supported by trestles—at his basket of tools—at
the stove where the furmity* had been boiled—at the empty basins—at some shed grains of
wheat—at the corks which dotted the grassy floor.” From The Mayor of Casterbridge by
Thomas Hardy
*Furmity—a country soup, into which alcohol could be mixed if one paid extra.
In the second sentence, identify
The form
Periodic or cumulative (and rewrite the main clause)
The function
Now, how does the syntax help create meaning?