Their mother was a vestal virgin,—that is, she was a maiden who tended the sacred fire in the temple of the goddess Vesta.
For ten years they were taught the duties of a vestal virgin.
Why can a vestal virgin become an heir, while her mother cannot?
This was carried into the temple by the vestal virgin and the sacred fire was rekindled.
Fantine had the long, white, fine fingers of the vestal virgin who stirs the ashes of the sacred fire with a golden pin.
Her full, gentle figure had the charm of the vestal virgin and the wife.
So he hired assassins to kill the boy, and the girl, Sylvia, he doomed to be a vestal virgin.
Who will make me an offer for this vestal virgin of song—the joy of the morning and the benediction of the evening?
Four or five hours ago she had entered that car as "free from the trammels of passion" as a vestal virgin.
He would call it stealing now to do that same, but then it had been in the nature of a holy rite offered to a vestal virgin.