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Hermione

(4 syl.). Wife of Leontes, King of Silicia. Being suspected of infidelity, she was thrown into jail, swooned, and was reported to be dead. She was kept concealed till her infant Perdita was of marriageable age, when Leontes discovered his mistake, and was reconciled to his wife. (Shakespeare: Winter's Tale.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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