"Please answer me quite frankly. Are you absolutely convinced it’s plague?"
"You’re stating the problem wrongly. It’s not a question of the term I use; it’s a question of the time."
"Your view, as I take it," the Prefect put in, "is this. Even if it isn’t plague, the prophylactic measures enjoined by law for coping with a state of plague should be put into force immediately?"
"If you insist on my having a ‘view,’ that conveys it accurately enough." (1.7.28-31)
"It doesn’t matter to me," Rieux said, "how you phrase it. My point is that we should not act as if there were no likelihood that half the population would be wiped out; for then it would be." (1.7.34)
Grand seemed at a loss. He couldn’t say that Cottard used to be unamiable; the term wouldn’t have been correct. But Cottard was a silent, secretive man, with something about him that made Grand think of a wild boar. (1.8.9)