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  • n. Plural form of carman.

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  • A given name; plural of carman; an opera by Bizet; the eponymic, hypercapnotic, sultry temptress who is the main protagonist of said opera.

    Not a color. Here is a summary of the plot of the first two acts of the opera, alleged to be taken from an actual program in an Italian opera house -

    Act One: Carmen, a cigarmakeress from a tobago factory loves Don Hose of the mounting guard. Carmen takes a flower from her corsets and lances it to Don Jose.... There was a noise inside the tobago factory and revolting cigarmakeresses bust onto the stage. Carmen is arrested and Don Hose is ordered to mounting guard on her but she subduces him and lets her escape.

    Act Two: The tavern. Carmen sings .... Enter two smugglers ("Ho, we have a mind in business"). Enter Escamillo, a Balls fighter. Carmen refuses to penetrate because Don Jose has liberated her from prison. He just now arrives. (aRia: "Slop here who comes"). But here are the bugles singing his retreat. Called by Carmen's shrieks the two smugglers interfere with her. Jose is bound to dessert.

    June 11, 2008