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    Hard man to draw

    Hello,

    Do I understand correctly that "a hard man to draw" is a person hard to describe?

    Nightingale was a hard man to draw.

    The source: The Wind In The Portico (Henry Nightingale´s Story) by John Buchan, 1928

    http://www.donaldcorrell.com/road/buchan/windport.html

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    Re: Hard man to draw

    I am not a teacher.

    It's 'draw' as in 'draw someone out'.

    It means to get someone to talk about something.

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    Re: Hard man to draw

    I really thought it could be what you say about "a man hard to get in conversation" but I also found an Spanish version of the story and the sentence is translated:

    "Nightingale era un hombre difícil de describir." Which means "Nightingale was difficult to describe". That baffled me, so I tried to find another solution and hence my question here and your answer to it. Thank you anyway.

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    Re: Hard man to draw

    Well. somebody did the translation. And I guess they were unaware of Buchan's meaning. If the story was published in 1928, Buchan (born 1875) would have been in his mid-50s when he wrote it. In modern English, as Roman55 says, people tend to use the phrasal verb 'draw out'.

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