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They also had to light the stove again, and it struck seven o'clock before they were able to draw breath at their ease.
Il fallut aussi rallumer le poêle; sept heures sonnaient, lorsqu’ils respirèrent enfin à l’aise.
Zola, Emile / His MasterpieceZola, Emile / L'Oeuvre
L'Oeuvre
Zola, Emile
His Masterpiece
Zola, Emile
Christine declared that he had just gone out to take a breath of air on the height of Montmartre.
Christine répondit qu’il venait de sortir, pour prendre l’air un moment sur la butte.
Zola, Emile / His MasterpieceZola, Emile / L'Oeuvre
L'Oeuvre
Zola, Emile
His Masterpiece
Zola, Emile
And the scent of the roses became so penetrating, so strong with amorous emotion, that it seemed to be the scent of their own breath.
Et le parfum des roses devenait si pénétrant, si fort d'une tendresse amoureuse, qu'il semblait être le parfum même de leur haleine.
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
His breath grew thick and short; a mist gathered before his eyes; he silently pressed the little hand that lay trembling on his arm.
La respiration de Georges devint courte et pressée; un brouillard s’amassa devant ses yeux; il pressa en silence la petite main qui tremblait dans la sienne.
Beecher Stowe, Harriet / Uncle Tom's CabinBeecher Stowe, Harriet / La case de l'oncle Tom
La case de l'oncle Tom
Beecher Stowe, Harriet
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Beecher Stowe, Harriet
And I sought this suffering. I waited for you to arrive. I loitered round your chair, so as to move in your breath, to drag my clothes over yours.
Et je cherchais cette souffrance, j'attendais ta venue, je tournais autour de ta chaise, pour marcher dans ton haleine, pour traîner mes vêtements le long des tiens.
Zola, Emile / Therese RaquinZola, Emile / Therese Raquin
Therese Raquin
Zola, Emile
Therese Raquin
Zola, Emile
All the ashes of this love were cold, and a breath of compassion had now carried them away.
Toutes les cendres de cet amour étaient froides, et un souffle de miséricorde venait de les emporter.
Zola, Emile / Madeleine FeratZola, Emile / Madeleine Ferat
Madeleine Ferat
Zola, Emile
Madeleine Ferat
Zola, Emile
Decidedly it is true that one must continue battling until one's last breath, and that happiness is only to be won by suffering and tears.
Décidément, jusqu’au dernier souffle, il faut se battre, et le bonheur ne se gagne que dans la souffrance et dans les larmes...
Zola, Emile / FruitfulnessZola, Emile / Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Zola, Emile
Fruitfulness
Zola, Emile
The staircase had again become as peaceful as a church; not a breath issued from behind the mahogany doors, which were forever closed upon the profound respectability of the various homes.
L'escalier retrouvait son recueillement de chapelle bourgeoise; pas un souffle ne sortait des portes d'acajou, toujours closes sur la profonde honnêteté des appartements.
Zola, Emile / Pot-BouilleZola, Emile / Pot-Bouille
Pot-Bouille
Zola, Emile
Pot-Bouille
Zola, Emile
And do you think that I no longer know how to love you? Would you have me refuse you the very breath of life that will truly make you a man, after all my fervent wishes for your return to life?
Veux-tu donc que je ne sache plus t’aimer, qu’après avoir désiré si ardemment ton retour à la vie, je te refuse le souffle, l’âme même, celle qui refera de toi un homme ?
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - ParisZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Paris
Les Trois Villes - Paris
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Paris
Zola, Emile
Victorine continued to whisper words of advice whilst Pierre, afraid of slipping on the shiny slabs, put forth an excess of strength which made his breath come short.
Victorine continuait à chuchoter des recommandations, tandis que Pierre, de peur de glisser au bord des pierres luisantes, déployait une force exagérée, qui l’essoufflait.
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - RomeZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Rome
Les Trois Villes - Rome
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Rome
Zola, Emile
Then, quite out of breath, they would stroll side by side, and plan how they might some day go for a scamper in the Sainte-Claire meadows, to see which of the two would catch the other.
Alors, encore essoufflés, ils marchaient côte à côte, en se promettant d’aller un jour courir dans les prés Sainte-Claire, pour savoir lequel des deux attraperait l’autre le plus vite.
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
The endless promenade through the interminable ante-rooms began once more, and there was still not a soul, not a sound, not a breath.
Alors, ce fut, en sens inverse, la même immense promenade, le défilé sans fin au travers des salles interminables. Et toujours pas une âme, pas un bruit, pas un soude.
Zola, Emile / The Three Cities - RomeZola, Emile / Les Trois Villes - Rome
Les Trois Villes - Rome
Zola, Emile
The Three Cities - Rome
Zola, Emile
" Yes, sometimes," replied the young wife, " when I don't catch the words, and her voice moves along like a breath of wind.
– Si, parfois, répondait la jeune femme, lorsque je ne distingue pas les mots et que la voix se traîne comme un souffle de vent...
Zola, Emile / Madeleine FeratZola, Emile / Madeleine Ferat
Madeleine Ferat
Zola, Emile
Madeleine Ferat
Zola, Emile
All Paris seemed to have come down thither to enjoy that delightful evening. There was endless elbowing, endless mingling of breath as the swelling crowd sauntered along.
Tout Paris semblait être descendu là, pour jouir de la délicieuse soirée, flânant en une cohue si épaissie, que les corps se frôlaient sans fin, dans la tiédeur des haleines.
Zola, Emile / FruitfulnessZola, Emile / Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Les Quatre Evangiles - Fecondite
Zola, Emile
Fruitfulness
Zola, Emile
Not a breath was to be heard.
Pas un souffle, pas une âme.
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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dying breath
dernier soupir
last breath
dernier soupir
out of breath
à bout de souffle
shortness of breath
essoufflement
shortness of breath
manque d'air
single-breath pulmonary diffusion capacity test
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get out of breath
essouffler

Word forms

breath

noun
SingularPlural
Common casebreathbreaths
Possessive casebreath'sbreaths'