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    Default The sense of the whole sentence is above my head.

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the meaning of the Carson McCullers’ sentence below?

    “This morning her dad had put a fried egg on her plate and she had known that if it burst – so that the slimy yellow oozed over the white – she would cry.”

    I know the meaning of every particular word but the sense of the whole sentence is above my head.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: The sense of the whole sentence is above my head.

    The use of the past perfect is very weird. It also should be "her" plate, not "he" plate.

    A egg that is "sunny side up" is a fried egg in which the yolk is not broken. It's also not cooked all the way through. As soon as you pierce the yolk with your fork, it runs all over the place. (I personally find this gross. I ask for my eggs to be cooked firm, not runny.)

    The girl doesn't want the yellow yolk to run over her nice egg whites.

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