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"Oh, no; everything is going on all right," she replied, in an absent-minded way.
– Mais non, tout va bien, répondit-elle, préoccupée.
Zola, Emile / The Fortune of the RougonsZola, Emile / La Fortune des Rougon
La Fortune des Rougon
Zola, Emile
The Fortune of the Rougons
Zola, Emile
© 2006 BiblioBazaar
I was absent-minded at the moment and was last in the queue.
À ce moment précis, j’étais un peu distrait et je marchais bon dernier.
Buchan, John / GreenmantleBuchan, John / Le prophète au manteau vert
Le prophète au manteau vert
Buchan, John
Greenmantle
Buchan, John
© Wordsworth Editions Limited 1994
And nothing outside of it exists for me. True, I go upstairs to embrace my mother, but in so absent-minded a way, that ten minutes after leaving her I ask myself whether I have really been to wish her good-morning.
Et plus un être n’existe en dehors, je monte embrasser ma mère, tellement distrait, que dix minutes après l’avoir quittée, je me demande si je lui ai réellement dit bonjour.
Zola, Emile / His MasterpieceZola, Emile / L'Oeuvre
L'Oeuvre
Zola, Emile
His Masterpiece
Zola, Emile
And with the cold, absent-minded air which he now usually displayed, he listened to Sandoz trying to enliven him.
Et il écoutait, de l’air froid et absorbé qu’il gardait maintenant, les paroles bavardes dont Sandoz essayait de l’égayer.
Zola, Emile / His MasterpieceZola, Emile / L'Oeuvre
L'Oeuvre
Zola, Emile
His Masterpiece
Zola, Emile
The abbe followed the direction of her glance with surprise and, guessing that something unusual was taking place in one of the aisles, he in turn became singularly absent-minded.
L'abbé Mauduit, étonné, avait suivi la direction de son regard; et il devina qu'une scène inusitée se passait dans un des bas côtés, il fut pris à son tour de singulières distractions.
Zola, Emile / Pot-BouilleZola, Emile / Pot-Bouille
Pot-Bouille
Zola, Emile
Pot-Bouille
Zola, Emile
Mathieu, however, had remained absent-minded, with his eyes wandering hither and thither, throughout their walk.
Mais, pendant la promenade, longue déjà, Mathieu était resté distrait, les yeux errants autour de lui.
Zola, Emile / FruitfulnessZola, Emile / Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Zola, Emile
Fruitfulness
Zola, Emile
And she looks like one allured, too. Brief glimpse though it was of her face and its crown of fair hair, plainly I saw that she was serious, thoughtful, absent-minded.
D’ailleurs, elle a l’air attirée : si vite interceptée qu’ait été sa figure au clair décor de cheveux, je l’ai bien vue grave, rêveuse, préoccupée.
Barbusse, Henri / Under fireBarbusse, Henri / Le feu
Le feu
Barbusse, Henri
© BELENUS, 2008
Under fire
Barbusse, Henri
© 1917 by E. P. DUTTON & CO
He asked no more questions and remained gloomy; absent-minded rather than thoughtful, feeling in his soul a new anxiety as yet undefined, the secret germ of a new pain.
Il ne posa plus de questions et demeura sombre, absorbé plutôt que songeur, gardant en lui une inquiétude nouvelle, encore indécise, le germe secret d'un nouveau mal.
Maupassant, Guy de / Pierre and JeanMaupassant, Guy de / Pierre et Jean
Pierre et Jean
Maupassant, Guy de
Pierre and Jean
Maupassant, Guy de
A good many committee-men then grew absent-minded, several wrote their letters, and the president had to get angry to obtain presentable majorities.
Beaucoup de jurés s’oubliaient béatement sur les sièges, plusieurs faisaient leur correspondance, il fallait que le président se fâchât, pour avoir des majorités présentables.
Zola, Emile / His MasterpieceZola, Emile / L'Oeuvre
L'Oeuvre
Zola, Emile
His Masterpiece
Zola, Emile
Pierre, out of his element and absent-minded during the earlier moments, had been deeply stirred by the latter part of Dario's narrative.
Pierre, dépaysé et distrait d’abord, venait d’être profondément remué par le récit de Dario.
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - RomeZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Rome
Les Trois Villes - Rome
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Rome
Zola, Emile
Then, for some days now you have been sitting over those documents and plans in an absent-minded, distracted state, like a man who feels weak, and doubts, and no longer knows his way.
Depuis quelques jours, vous restez sur ces dossiers sur ces plans, l’air distrait, éperdu, en homme pris de défaillance, qui doute et ne sait plus où il va...
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - ParisZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Paris
Les Trois Villes - Paris
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Paris
Zola, Emile
He went on to speak about fixing the hours for the catechism classes; but Abbe Mouret replied in an absent-minded way, his eyes dwelling on the village at his feet in the setting sun.
Et il parla de régler les heures du catéchisme. Mais l'abbé Mouret répondait d'une façon distraite. Il regardait le village, à ses pieds, sous le soleil couchant.
Zola, Emile / Abbe Mouret's TransgressionZola, Emile / La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret
La Faute de l'Abbe Mouret
Zola, Emile
Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Zola, Emile
© BiblioBazaar, LLC
He seemed worried and absent-minded.
Il semblait préoccupé, absent.
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - ParisZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Paris
Les Trois Villes - Paris
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Paris
Zola, Emile
Rougon, who was always very absent-minded, shook hands with her mechanically, never noticing the nervous fever of her flesh.
Rougon, toujours très préoccupé, lui donnait des poignées de main distraites, sans remarquer la fièvre nerveuse de sa peau.
Zola, Emile / His ExcellencyZola, Emile / Son Excellence Eugene Rougon
Son Excellence Eugene Rougon
Zola, Emile
His Excellency
Zola, Emile
"Be careful, Guillaume," she at last remarked, as she once more looked up from her sewing. "You seem absent-minded this morning.
« Faites attention, Guillaume, vous êtes distrait, ce matin, finit-elle par dire.
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - ParisZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Paris
Les Trois Villes - Paris
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Paris
Zola, Emile

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