without a side to him

CalyR

New Member
French
Bonsoir,

J'éprouve des difficultés à comprendre la phrase en gras et j'espère que l'un de vous pourra m'aider :

"… I found Paul to be without a side to him. He seemed to be remembering the evidence that he provided to me. He seemed to be giving me a straightforward and honest account of that which he now felt".

Contexte : c'est un juge qui décrit l'audition d'une personne.

Est-ce que "without a side to" est synonyme de "no side to" ?

Merci par avance
 
  • Jim in Phila

    Senior Member
    American English
    "Side" used here sounds like arrogance. There's no "putting on airs." As the judge says, he is straightforward, honest.
     

    misterk

    Moderator
    English-American
    To be honest, my first thought is that a word is missing from the text, just before "side."
    E.g., "...without a devious / deceitful / dishonest side to him."

    (If I heard that someone "didn't have a side to him," I wouldn't know what that meant.)
     

    Jim in Phila

    Senior Member
    American English
    To be honest, my first thought is that a word is missing from the text, just before "side."
    E.g., "...without a devious / deceitful / dishonest side to him."

    (If I heard that someone "didn't have a side to him," I wouldn't know what that meant.)

    My American Heritage College Dictionary labels side "chiefly British" = Affected superiority; arrogance.
     

    CalyR

    New Member
    French
    Thank you very much ! It is british English, I should have mentioned it first. I think "sans prétention" may be right in this context.
     
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