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    kindrgarten through fifth grade

    Please, help me with the highlighted text in the following passage:

    “There’s more to this,” the ambulance driver said. “Reason he ran the red light is because he was in a gunfight with gangbangers. One of them got shot in the head. An ambulance is on its way with that guy. Don’t worry . . . it ain’t no emergency. They had to scoop parts of his brain off
    the sidewalk—kindergarten through fifth grade from the looks of it. This guy,” he said, pointing to our patient, “did the shooting.”

    Does it refer to a long trail of brain on the sidewalk or what?

    Thank you.

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    Re: kindrgarten through fifth grade

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    Please, help me with the highlighted text in the following passage:

    “There’s more to this,” the ambulance driver said. “Reason he ran the red light is because he was in a gunfight with gangbangers. One of them got shot in the head. An ambulance is on its way with that guy. Don’t worry . . . it ain’t no emergency. They had to scoop parts of his brain off
    the sidewalk—kindergarten through fifth grade from the looks of it. This guy,” he said, pointing to our patient, “did the shooting.”

    Does it refer to a long trail of brain on the sidewalk or what? That's how it seems to me or it could be just lots of brain matter.

    Thank you.
    What a revolting metaphor! Where does this passage come from

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    Re: kindrgarten through fifth grade

    It's from Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone". Do you know what it means?

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    Re: kindrgarten through fifth grade

    Quote Originally Posted by blueeye View Post
    It's from Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone". Do you know what it means?
    I've already conjectured in post #2 (the blue type in the quote from your post.) I don't know this book, but I admire Verghese as a writer and a physician. I've read some of his non-fiction work; I assume this is a novel.

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    Re: kindrgarten through fifth grade

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I've already conjectured in post #2 (the blue type in the quote from your post.) I don't know this book, but I admire Verghese as a writer and a physician. I've read some of his non-fiction work; I assume this is a novel.
    Yes, he is a great person as well. The novel was published last year, I recommend it heartily. Thank you very much for help, I was too embarrased to ask him personaly. Thanks again.

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    Re: kindrgarten through fifth grade

    From the context it sounds as if he means there is a "big chunk" or large piece of brain matter among the smaller pieces on the sidewalk. Kindergarten through fifth grade would represent six years of knowledge, so that was a sizeable slice of brain.

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