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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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