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Re: "Après nous le déluge"

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  • jeanyves_renaud
    I think that a better translation would be We don t care what happens after we are gone (word for word it is after us, the flood )
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 1, 2010
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      I think that a better translation would be "We don't care what happens after we are gone" (word for word it is "after us, the flood")

      --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "frankmcneill" <frankmcneilll@...> wrote:
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      > Translation "Run, there's a flood headed this way."
      >
      > Hi All,
      >
      > In spite of any indication of recent activity, there has been a trickle of new members on the cardboardshipsandboats group. To avoid a riot by this mutinous crew I posted an invitation to join us on the pop-pop steamboats group. I didn't tell them how to get here, but one inquisitive member noticed this omission and I was forced to tell him so get ready to repel boarders.
      >
      > Old Frank
      >
    • David Halfpenny (t)
      ... From: jeanyves_renaud Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:08 AM To: Subject:
      Message 2 of 3 , Sep 1, 2010
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        From: "jeanyves_renaud" <boite.de.j-y@...>
        Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:08 AM
        To: <pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com>
        Subject: [pop-pop-steamboats] Re: "Après nous le déluge"

        > I think that a better translation would be "We don't care what happens
        > after we are gone" (word for word it is "after us, the flood")

        These are words of comfort from Madame de Pompadour to her lover Louis XV
        of France after a disastrous battle. "Don't fret or you'll make yourself
        ill." she began, and went on, "Once we've gone, all of it will go horribly
        wrong." (le Déluge)

        Within a dozen years of Louis's death, France was hurled into a ghastly
        revolution which, like the Biblical Flood she was referring to, eventually
        gave a new start.

        Maybe she didn't give a damn about the future, or maybe she realised how
        fragile the whole nation had become.

        David 1/2d
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