Elle se les a mis dans la poche.

Elle se les a mis dans la poche.

ell slay zah mee dah lah PUHSH. Click below to hear this.*

She has them in her pocket.

Or, if you prefer literal: She has put them in the pocket–hers, of course. In other words, she has manipulated them into taking her side.

This is from the novel L’Indivision, which we have been exploring for the last few posts. It’s packed with interesting expressions! It gives us two sisters (Giselle and Émilienne) and a brother (Jean-Raoul), struggling to decide how to handle their father’s estate, willed as a whole to all three of them. Shifting alliances and universal suspicion are only the beginning.

So let’s examine all the possible alliances:

Elle (Giselle) se les a mis (Emmy and Jean-Raoul) dans la poche.

Elle (Emmy) se les a mis (Giselle and Jean-Raoul) dans la poche.

Il (Jean-Raoul) se les a mises (Emmy and Giselle) dans la poche.

Elles (Emmy and Giselle) se l’ont mis (Jean-Raoul) dans la poche.

Ils (Jean-Raoul and Emmy) se l’ont mise (Giselle) dans la poche.

Ils (Jean-Raoul and Giselle) se l’ont mise (Emmy) dans la poche.

Elle (Giselle) se l’a mise (Emmy) dans la poche.

Elle (Emmy) se l’a mise (Giselle) dans la poche.

Elle (Giselle) se l’a mise (Emmy) dans la poche.

Il (Jean-Raoul) se l’a mise (Emmy) dans la poche.

Il (Jean-Raoul) se l’a mise (Giselle) dans la poche.

Did I forget anyone? There, my friends, you have the novel in a nutshell. Note how the agreement of the past participle changes as the alliances shift: one person or two people in the pocket, male of female.

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:

elle_se_les_a_mis_dans_la_poche.mp3

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