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2 months 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:

pesait sur nos souvenirs

Context:

« Pétain et moi, nous dit-il en conclusion, sommes certainement nés sous une même étoile. Nous étions à Verdun ensemble – façon de parler, évidemment ! – et nous avons été arrêtés le même jour ! »
Pendant cette mise au point astrologique, nous pouvions deviner de la terrasse du Burg Hohenzollern le château de Sigmaringen dont le voisinage pesait sur nos souvenirs et sur cette conversation.


 

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2 months ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

whose vicinity would bear upon our memories

2 months ago

Ffion Marianne Moyle  See profile wrote:

brought back bad memories

My comment:

various way as ever of translating this but this is what I think it means

2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

... vicinity was etched in our memories, oppressively, and had put a (great) strain on this conversation

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2 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

OR .... left its oppressive marks on our memories and put a strain on this conversation

2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

...whose surroundings we remembered and talked about so bitterly.

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2 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

or instead of bitterly "darkly" "with such sadness" Or "were grimly present in our memories and our conversation."

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