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Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.Henry Ford
- Rhymes: -ɛlən
- 1602 William Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida: Act I, Scene I:
- Fools on both sides! Helen must needs be fair,
- When with your blood you daily paint her thus.
- 1928 Agatha Christie: The Mystery of the Blue Train
- "Is her name Ellen or Helen, Miss Viner? I thought - "
- Miss Viner closed her eyes.
- "I can sound my h's, dear, as well as anyone, but Helen is not a suitable name for a servant. I don't know what the mothers in the lower classes are coming to nowadays."
- 1993 Oscar Hijuelos: The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien. ISBN 0-14-023028-9 page 6:
- in 1910 she brought Helen into the world, the little female, or "mujercita", as her mother called all the babies, naming her after the glittery label on a facial ointment, The Helen of Troy Beauty Pomade, said to eradicate wrinkles, to soften and add a youthful glow to the user's skin - a fortuitous choice because, of all the sisters, she would be the most beautiful and, never growing old, would always possess the face of a winsome adolescent beauty.
female given name
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