Ophelia

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Ophelia
fem. proper name, from Gk. opheleia "help, aid," from ophelein "to help, aid, assist," ophelos "advantage, help," from PIE base *obhel- "to avail" (cf. Armenian avelum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ophelia

daughter of Polonius, sister to Laertes, and rejected lover of Hamlet in Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. Ophelia's mad scene (Act IV, scene 5) is one of the best known in Western literature, and her tragic figure, that of innocence gone mad, has often been portrayed in art.

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