English translation: they had committed themselves
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21:24 Oct 8, 2013
French to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / from Fruits of the Earth by Andre Gide
French term or phrase:les jeux sont faits; rien ne va plus
... To leave family and friends, children who are growing up;
Tasks begun, a work to accomplish,
A dream on the point of fulfillment;
Books they wanted to read;
Perfumes they had never breathed;
The peace, the serenity they were hoping to attain --
And then suddenly "les jeux sont faits; rien ne va plus."
Explanation: It is of course French, and I am not an expert in that language; but it is what the croupier calls during games of roulette, if I remember rightly.
In the poem, it means they realized that everything was now finished; they would never be able to fulfil their dreams.
Jack Doughty United Kingdom Local time: 10:07 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English
(metaphorically) the die is cast and there is no going back
Explanation: Reading the verse, this expression seems to be used in the sense "the game's up," "there are no more chances or reprieves." When I suggested "there is no going back" above, it was in the sense that when fate intervenes a person cannot go back in time and watch his/her children grow up, accomplish things left undone, or experience what her or she has not yet experienced. It's about fate, rupture (and one supposes death).
die is cast
Prov. A process is past the point of no return. (The die is one of a pair of dice. The cast means thrown. This phrase [in Latin] was said by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon with his legions, starting a civil war.) After that speech favoring reform of the education system, the die is cast. This is now a campaign issue. The die is cast. There is no turning back on this point.
Antony Kamm - 2006 - History
... form of a metaphor from the game of dice: 'The die is cast,' reflecting the modern croupier's cry, 'Rien ne va plus,' or else 'Let the die be cast.' Whichever it was ...
01/04/2010 - Rien ne va plus, the phrase that is delivered in roulette when 'the game becomes fate,' is a central metaphor for Karapanou because her novel ...
Jenni Lukac Local time: 11:07 Native speaker of: English