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|French term or phrase: se chercher sous|
|I am a little confused about what's going on here, and perhaps if I understand this last "se cherche sous" in the last part, I can understand the sentence:|
from Alfred Jarry's La Dragonne, describing a military commander who is mounted on horseback, in the middle of a rain of bullets:
La chute du cheval rappela a Saqueville qu'il etait inoui, depuis l'invention des batailles, qu'un Alexandre vainquit, a pied, quoique les temps soient venus ou le cheval disparaitra de la guerre, et il se chercha sous le dernier Bucephale.
*Bucephale was the name of Alexander's steed.
Does this mean that the horse falls on him?
|English translation:from where he was under his horse he tried to figure out his position|
the next sentence makes it perfectly clear. The sky was dark - there were obviously no stars to help him locate his position...
you need to think in terms of "se chercher" = try to figure out where you are, and "sous", his actual physical position at that moment i.e. under the horse
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|the phrasing here can also suggest more "metaphysical" connotations that others have suggested... |
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he asked himself
I think the reference to the horse's "chute" clinches the fact that Saqueville was indeed thrown off the last Bucephalus. Here, I think "il se chercha" refers more to Saqueville's asking himself, as in the English phrase "to ask searching questions of himself," so he is sort of in a reverie asking/probing himself. It also could refer to his seeking to get his footing. But I think the point you ask about, whether the horse fell on Saqueville, is clearly yes.
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