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Now it was finally time for that rueful wink, but somehow I just didn’t have it

English translation: it was the right time for me to cast a conciliatory wink, but somehow I didn't feel like it

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10:44 Jan 13, 2008
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: Now it was finally time for that rueful wink, but somehow I just didn’t have it
The three-year-old boy held the stuffed dinosaur at arm’s length. “Theropods only have three toes,” he said.
I looked at the smiling creature with the tiny dangling forelegs. It was green, with blue velvet polka dots. “I guess it’s not terribly realistic,” I said.
“It’s fine. Thank you.” William handed the stuffed dinosaur to his father who tucked it under his arm and smiled at me apologetically.
Now it was finally time for that rueful wink, but somehow I just didn’t have it in me.
“It’s almost 10:30,” Jack said. “We don’t want to miss the penguin feeding.” He led the way into the zoo.
Shirley Fan
Local time: 13:22
English translation:it was the right time for me to cast a conciliatory wink, but somehow I didn't feel like it
Explanation:
He feels he was too harsh on the three-year-old boy when saying “I guess it’s not terribly realistic,” he realized he should react to his smile (with an apologetic eyeblink), but somehow he "didn't have it in him".
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xxxmistahara
Local time: 08:22
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Thank you
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +2it was the right time for me to cast a conciliatory wink, but somehow I didn't feel like itxxxmistahara


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29 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
now it was finally time for that rueful wink, but somehow i just didn’t have it
it was the right time for me to cast a conciliatory wink, but somehow I didn't feel like it


Explanation:
He feels he was too harsh on the three-year-old boy when saying “I guess it’s not terribly realistic,” he realized he should react to his smile (with an apologetic eyeblink), but somehow he "didn't have it in him".

xxxmistahara
Local time: 08:22
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Native speaker of: Native in RomanianRomanian
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thank you

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