Here is my third volume of Jinty titles translated into Latin, with some brief commentary.
- In loco Mariae (In Place of Mary i.e. I’ll Make up for Mary)
A simple matter of taking the phrase in loco parentis [in place of parent] and adapting it to what Ann is trying to do – take the place of Mary.
- Qui est mater Rosae? (Who is Rose’s Mother? i.e. Wild Rose)
At first I thought of “Who is the woman with the moon scar?”, but it was too wordy. I settled on a much simpler title that summed up the mystery of the story and the question Rose is trying to answer.
- Hoc robotum lacrimare potest (This Robot Can Cry i.e. The Robot Who Cried)
Similar to the English title, but it is more reflective of how this particular robot was capable of human emotion.
- Effugium ex exilio (Escape from Banishment i.e. Bound for Botany Bay)
A working translation for another title gave me the idea of starting with a title that had the Latin for “escape” in it. The end result had alliteration all the way through the title.
- Petrus curandus est! (Peter Must Be Cured! i.e. For Peter’s Sake!)
The grammar in Cato’s famous tagline, Carthago delenda est [Carthage must be destroyed] was the inspiration for this one.
- Pascendum appetitum aeternum (Feeding the eternal appetite i.e. Food for Fagin)
Straight off I decided not to use the name of the dog in the title, and I never could stand those Oliver Twist references in the story anyway (would a mum seriously name her daughter Olivia Twist?). Instead, I worked on a title that commented on the increasingly difficult task of trying to keep up with that mountainous appetite of Fagin’s on the family’s limited income.
- Daemonium, quod intro est (The Demon that is Within i.e. The Mystery of Martine)
I decided against a title that used “Martine”. Instead, I went for translating the name of the play in the story “The Demon Within”, as its title summed up what was going on.
- Neglecti et superbi sumus (We are Neglected but Proud i.e. A Boy Like Bobby)
Two boys who were neglected and living in a squalid flat. But they still had their pride, which made it difficult for our heroine to reach out to them. So this was the basis for the Latin translation. Originally I thought of “Two neglected boys”, but that did not sound very interesting. I decided that a title that reflected their pride showing through their neglect made it more interesting. The endings of the adjectives also gave it alliteration.