Had you been one of the two turtledoves coo-cooing up high on the French telephone fil, you might have spotted another couple, sans plumes, on the patio below.
There, under an old tuile-roofed terrace, just beneath the sleeping bignonia vine, a man and a woman sat, close as the tourterelles on the line above, sharing a small patch of soleil at the end of a long rectangular table, on which their coffee cups rested.
"Tu n'as pas trop froid?" said he.
"No, and you?" said she.
Comme ça, they softly spoke, cooing to one another, each in his (and her) own language.
tu n'as pas trop froid?
you're not too cold?
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Listen to eight-year-old Jackie, pronounce the word 'tourterelle': Download tourterelle.wav
Synonyms for tourterelle: le pigeon, la colombe (dove), la palombe (ring-dove), le ramier (woodpigeon)
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