Your characters are so ruddy

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Portuguese - Brazil
This sentence is quoted from Life of Pi, by Yann Martel:

Unfortunately, the novel sputtered, coughed and died. It happened in Matheran, not far from Bombay, a small hill station with some monkeys but no tea estates. It’s a misery peculiar to would-be writers. Your theme is good, as are your sentences. Your characters are so ruddy with life they practically need birth certificates.

I checked 3 different dictionaries and could not find a meaning to fit the word "ruddy" in this sentence. Thank you for the help.
  • Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    The basic meaning of "ruddy", i.e. of a healthy red colour, is applied figuratively here. The characters seem full of life.
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