Definition of vestal in English:
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1A Vestal Virgin.
1.1 literary A chaste woman, especially a nun.
- Whether Pope meant the line to be ironic or not, the poem clearly comes down on the side of earthly, physical love and remembering, as opposed to the ‘vestals’ who have never lived at all and have nothing to forget.
- The title of his film comes from Alexander Pope's poem ‘Eloisa to Abelard’, and the stanza goes: ‘How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
- Later on it occurs to the otherwise gullible Jude that ‘it had been no vestal who chose that missile for opening her attack on him’.
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