Dad picked up what was left of that

polybolos

Senior Member
Japanese
Hi, everyone.

I have a question concerning the sentence below, please help :

Back ground
A boy named James left his pottery goblin in the driveway with a little black home-made pit stop flag in his hand to greet his dad when he drives home from work.
But dad didn't notice the goblin and crushed it. james claimed ' It was waving a flag' and・・・

Dad picked up what was left of that. 'James, this flag is approximately two centimeters by three. I'm not in the habit of driving with night-vision binoculars moulded to my spectacles.'
-- quoted from Ann Fine, The Gnomecoming Party, Very Different, page 3.

Question
I'm not sure that I can understand the underlined phrase correctly. I thought it in a way that Dad picked up the flag out of (from) crumbly bits (crushed goblin). Is my thinking correct?
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Dad picked up what was left of that = Dad picked up what was left of the flag.

    Does that help?:)
     

    polybolos

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    Thank you for responding, Loob.

    Umm, then dad picked up a part(a remnant) of the flag? Was a part separated from the flag by the accident?
     
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    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Yes, I imagine that the the pole was broken and/or the fabric part had come away from the pole.
     
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