Ginevra

(g soft). The young Italian bride who hid in a trunk with a springlock. The lid fell upon her, and she was not discovered till the body had become a skeleton. (Rogers: Italy.)

Be the cause what it might, from his offer she shrunk,
And Ginevra-like, shut herself up in a trunk.

Lowell.

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