An English friend of mine was trying the CAPES to become an English teacher in France, and had a question on 'le temps' in Great Expectations which was a set text for the exam.
He wrote for 3 hours on the weather..
I pointed out that they might also mean the passage of time and the way the narrator looks back with regret, and the way in which Pip's future is affected by the past.
There you have two uses of 'temps' as it can also mean 'tense' in the English sense.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell