9.1 Mise en oeuvre -- English (There will often be a substantial difference between my translation and the literal meaning. I will explain those differences in class. If you miss class or still have questions, refer to the vocabulary sheet or ask someone who knows me, for example.)

1.

When does the story take place?

 

During the summer vacation two years ago.

2.

Where are Mireille, her sisters, and her cousins?

 

They are at Belle-Ile-en-Mer in Brittany.

3.

Are their parents with them?

 

No, they are alone.

4.

Does this house belong to the Belleau? (the Belleau family)

 

No, it's a house rented in common by the two families. (two Belleau brothers and their families)

5.

Is the weather nice? What is the weather like?

 

No, it's not nice. It's raining.

6.

Has it been raining for a long time?

 

It's been raining for three days.

7.

Is the sea fun when it's raining?

 

No, it's boring.

8.

Why is the sea boring?

 

Because there is nothing to do.

9.

Why can't one play Basque pelota (jai alai) in the house?

 

Because one doesn't have room.

10.

What can one play in the house?

 

One can play cards (bridge, pinochle, poker), portraits.

11.

How does one play portraits? What does one do first?

 

Someone describes a person in two or three sentences.

12.

And the others, what do they do?

 

They guess who it is.

13.

Why is it necessary to take people who exist?

 

Because otherwise, on can't guess.

14.

Whom does Georges propose to start with?

 

He proposes to start with people in the family.

15.

Why doesn't Yvonne want to start?

 

She doesn't have any ideas.

16.

What is uncle Bill like? Is he short?

 

No, he is tall.

17.

Does he have black hair?

 

No, he has gray hair.

18.

Does he have a bad disposition?

 

No, he has a good disposition.

19.

Is he often in a bad mood?

 

No, he is always in a good mood.

20.

Does aunt Georgette have a round nose?

 

No, she has a pointed nose.

21.

Does she have a soft and melodious voice?

 

No, she has a sharp voice.

22.

What type of man is Yvonne's father?

 

He's a great athlete. (The perfect athlete.)

23.

What does he always talk about?

 

He's always talking about his past performances (running, 100 m., 400 m., marathon, high jump, pole vault )

24.

Does Mireille's mother look ordinary?

 

No, she looks distinguished.

25.

What time is it?

 

It's past four o'clock.

26.

What does Mireille ask Marie-Laure.

 

She asks her to go get the snack.

27.

Are there any Breton (of Brittany) cookies?

 

No, there aren't anymore. There aren't any left.

28.

Why does Mireille say, "Ah, that's clever?"

 

Because Marie-Laure drops everything.