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  1. belenville Junior Member

    Valencia-Spain
    Catalan-valencia/Español
    Hello!
    I have a doubt in this sentence from The Crucible, by Arthur Miler: "I can. And there’s your first marvel, that I can".
    The character who speaks this words is on the court and they are judging him. The judge says that he cannot refuse to sign a confession, and this is what he answers.
    How would you translate this in Spanish? I think he's referring back to the Bible... Could it be the same as "el primer milagro"?

    Thanks in advance!;)
     
  2. bumblecat Senior Member

    San Francisco baby!
    Chilean Spanish/ American English
    Viendo sólo la oración que subiste, yo diría que sí (ni pensé en la referencia bíblica).

    ¡Saludos!
     
  3. juandiego

    juandiego SE modera

    Granada. España
    Spanish from Spain
    ¿No creeis que en este caso "marvel" connota más bien sorpresa o asombro?
     
  4. bumblecat Senior Member

    San Francisco baby!
    Chilean Spanish/ American English
    Yo lo pensé como maravilla, más que milagro...
     
  5. juandiego

    juandiego SE modera

    Granada. España
    Spanish from Spain
    I'd say it's the literal translation, bumblecat. The problem is that in Spanish it has quite positive connotations, which I don't think is the original idea unless it could be the same in English.
     
  6. bumblecat Senior Member

    San Francisco baby!
    Chilean Spanish/ American English
    True, but I was taking it sarcastically... which might make it fit. You're right though, sorpresa could be better.
     
  7. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
  8. juandiego

    juandiego SE modera

    Granada. España
    Spanish from Spain
    I wouldn't rule out maravilla. As you say, it can be perfectly taken sarcastically in Spanish. What I was wondering is whether or not this sarcasm is present in the English original.
     
  9. Andoush

    Andoush Senior Member

    Patagonia - Argentina
    Spanish (Arg)
    Sin más contexto, también podría ser "prodigio": "he aquí, su primer prodigio ..."

    prodigio.
    (Del lat. prodigĭum).

    1. m. Suceso extraño que excede los límites regulares de la naturaleza.
    2. m. Cosa especial, rara o primorosa en su línea.
    3. m. milagro (hecho de origen divino).
    4. m. Persona que posee una cualidad en grado extraordinario.



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    Last edited: Dec 6, 2010

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