English translation: to keep you away from/keep your distance from these (wretched) creatures
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13:00 Aug 15, 2006
French to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
French term or phrase:éloigner de ces misérables
The phrase below was written by French Sociologist A. Tardieu in the 19th century. It's the "éloigner de ces misérables" that is unclear to me:
"Un trait non moins caractéristique, et que j’ai observé cent fois, c’est le contraste de cette fausse élégance et de ce culte extérieur de la personne avec une malpropreté sordide qui suffirait à elle pour éloigner de ces misérables."
I was afraid he was interjecting his own prejudice. I thought that perhaps he would remain professional, and that I was misunderstanding something, but he probably did mean something along the lines of 'wretched creatures.' Afterall, it was still the 19th century...