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Norma

A vestal priestess who has been seduced. She discovers her paramour in an attempt to seduce her friend, also a vestal priestess, and in despair contemplates the murder of her baseborn children. The libretto is a melodrama by Romani, music by Bellini (1831.) (Norma, an opera.)

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