According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word derives its present-day definition from its etymology in Germanic, Old English, Gothic, and Old Norse; its earlier meanings included trouble, grief, bed of trouble or sickness,andfear. Alameddine's characters move beyond the idea that a cure is "a course of treatment directed toward the recovery of a patient" ("Cure"). Since these characters do not find the state of so-called normalcy or belonging curative, they prefer illness and exile because return and wellness do not offer rest or peace.
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