The pluperfect indicative describes an action or state two stages back in the past.
Non tamen ausus eram dominae turbare quietem.
Propertius Elegies 1.3.17 I had nevertheless not dared to disturb the sleep of [my] mistress.
In poetry, the pluperfect is sometimes used to describe a simple event in the past and is translated by the simple past tense in English.
Induerat Tyrio bis tinctam murice pallam. Ovid Fasti 2.107
He put on a cloak twice dipped in Tyrian dye.
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