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Hale first appears as a bright and er-earnest young man over-burdened with learning. He is polite, anxious to please, and tries not to offend anyone, but the experience of the witch trials hardens him and he becomes more outspoken and critical of the failings of others. In one way however, he does not change; although he comes to learn some of the harsh realities of life rather than remaining buried in his books, he still likes to make a fine speech, as demonstrated when he urges Elizabeth to try and save Proctor's life.
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