A Receipt to Cure the Vapours
Title receipt recipe, prescription; vapours the fumes which were supposed to rise from the body and overspread the mind, at the expense of sanity. By transference, a morbid and hysterical condition, especially of women. Pope's 'Cave of Spleen' (in the fourth canto of The Rape of the Lock) is an allegorical representation of a vapourish condition.  Delia a stock poetic name - like Flavia in Saturday; retire withdraw from public life, specifically from the public life of a society beauty.  sighing crowd her male suitors, sighing with love.  hartshorn tea An infusion of horn scrapings creates an ammonia solution, which was once used medicinally. Various horns are still employed in this way in tradi tional Chinese medicine; tea pronounced 'tay'.  Damon another stock poetic name; life Delia's melancholy is caused by the death, rather than the desertion, of her lover.