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"When Pop plates it, the liver smells, but the gravy he made to slather on it pools in a little heart around the meat, and I wonder if Pop did that on purpose."

"it pools in a little heart around the meat" - what does it mean?

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    The heart part refers to the shape of the pool of gravy on the plate. – Phil Sweet Nov 4 '18 at 11:31
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The gravy he made to slather on it pools in a little heart around the meat.

"The gravy pools around the meat" = The gravy collects in a pool around the meat. The word pools is a verb.

You are probably distracted by "it". Let me clarify:

The gravy, which he made in order to slather on it, pools in a little heart around the meat. ("It" refers to "liver").

This pool of gravy has the shape of a heart.

  • It doesn’t say the meat is heart shaped. – Laurel Nov 4 '18 at 15:21
  • @Laurel - so the gravy is on top of the meat in a kind of flat ribbon that forms a heart? – CowperKettle Nov 4 '18 at 15:32
  • It’s pooling on the plate, like a heart shaped puddle with meat in the middle. – Laurel Nov 4 '18 at 16:06

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