Rieux replied that these conditions were not good. But, before he said any more, he wanted to know if the journalist would be allowed to tell the truth. (1.2.44)
He had put the question solely to find out if Rambert could or couldn’t state the facts without paltering with the truth.
"I’ve no use for statements in which something is kept back," he added. "That’s why I shall not furnish information in support of yours.
The journalist smiled. "You talk the language of Saint-Just." (1.2.48-49)
To tell the truth, he was rather perturbed; did the doctor think it meant anything serious? Rieux couldn’t give a definite opinion. (1.2.67)