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1 month ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

nous étions en plein mirage

Context:

L’Allemand y faisait étalage de générosité, parlant non seulement d’une libération de prisonniers appartenant à l’Éducation nationale, mais encore de la possibilité de faire obtenir à la France L’Enseigne de GERSAINT. Que pouvait-on rêver de mieux ?
Nous étions en plein mirage ! Était-ce désir d’endormir nos craintes, souci de nous faire patienter ? Il faut en tout cas constater qu’au même moment le SS Obersturmführer Dr Bunjes insiste à nouveau pour le regroupement des œuvres d’art des musées, qu’il voudrait rassembler en Bourgogne, territoire bien proche de la
frontière allemande, et considéré par les nazis comme devant revenir au Reich national-socialiste.

 

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1 month ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

It sounded like the land of make-believe /We were positively in the land of make-believe

1 month ago

Charles Ferguson  See profile wrote:

we just couldn't believe it.

My comment:

"could not" if the tone of the text has to be somewhat more formal.

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1 month ago

Charles Ferguson  See profile wrote:

I also thought of "WE FOUND OURSELVES IN A REGULAR DILEMMA"

1 month ago

Ffion Marianne Moyle  See profile wrote:

It was like a dream come true!

My comment:

This is what I should translate it as

1 month ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

This was all an elaborate ploy.

My comment:

Or
All this was just an illusion

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1 month ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

We found ourselves in the midst of a mirage!

My comment:

OR We were in the middle of a perfect mirage!

Comments by other colleagues on this answer:

1 month ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR ... It was too good to be true/to last! OR ... as if we had miraculous/wondrous visions!

1 month ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR ... It all seemed like a bad joke!

1 month ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

or maybe : < The wish is/was father to the thought >