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Friday, November 22, 2002

hale

\HAYL\ , adjective;
1.
Free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.
Quotes:
Uncle Charles was a hale old man with a well tanned skin, rugged features and white side whiskers.
-- James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The person whom the traveller had so abruptly encountered was of this kind: bluff, hale, hearty, and in a green old age: at peace with himself, and evidently disposed to be so with all the world.
-- Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy.
-- Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
With his florid cheek, his compact figure smartly arrayed in a bright-buttoned blue coat, his brisk and vigorous step, and his hale and hearty aspect, altogether he seemed--not young, indeed--but a kind of new contrivance of Mother Nature in the shape of man, whom age and infirmity had no business to touch.
-- Nathanial Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Does not everyone, including the hale and hearty, have the right to choose the timing and manner of their own death?
-- "Let death be my dominion", The Economist,, October 14, 1999
Origin:
Hale comes from Middle English hal, related to whole. The alliterative phrase hale and hearty is often applied to older persons who retain the health and vigor of youth.
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