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  1. schmaetterlink Senior Member

    Chicago, USA
    U.S., English
    Sirs and mesdames:

    There is a passage in the Recherche where Proust writes "...une étrange et impitoyable glace à pieds quadrangulaires, barrant obliquement un des angles de la pièce, se creusait à vif dans la douce plénitude de mon champ visuel accoutumé un emplacement qui n’y était pas prévu..."

    and the translation traditionally used in the English-speaking world, however problematic, (by C.K. Scott Moncrieff) renders it thus: "...a strange and pitiless mirror with square feet, which stood across one corner of the room, cleared for itself a site I had not looked to find tenanted in the quiet surroundings of my normal field of vision..."

    There seems to be quite a discrepancy between the two phrases in bold print. Am I missing some idiomatic meaning of "douce plénitude"? I gave it a Google, and the jury is still out.

    Anyone's input would be much appreciated. Thanks
  2. NemoNobody

    NemoNobody Senior Member

    France métropolitaine
    French - France
    "douce plénitude": usually means the feeling of somebody "fulfilled".

    >>>There seems to be quite a discrepancy between the two phrases in bold print<<<

    "Traduttore, traditore" (translator, traitor) say Italians...

    Perhaps "the sweet fullness of my field of vision" would be a closer translation of "la douce plénitude de mon champ visuel".
  3. dnldnl Senior Member

    Russian, Ukrainian
    I would translate douce plénitude as "the entire area": "in the entire area of my normal field of vision"

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