De Quincey's volume was one of the first in what has become a long line of addiction memoirs -- although the honour could equally be awarded to the oeuvre of Coleridge, whose dreamy opium-filled work of the Kubla Khan variety alternated with more prosaic letters describing the ravishments
of the condition, from cravings to agonising constipation.
In what an enthralled Grace describes as "ravishments
," Desmond, having won the imagination of his sister, seeks the (literal) occupation of her body.
Many male opinion-makers are willing to go along with feminists as long as they stick to the old playbook, framing all sexual encounters as ravishments
. But here they have run into a big problem, and not just with feminists.
On the other hand, Reality remains something toward which our thoughts are drawn, drawn in spite of the crippling fact that "poisonous/Are the ravishments
of truth," those very thoughts we think it with, "fatal to/The truth itself" (canto II).
To help passengers get unfrazzled, Delta provides a complimentary cosmetic kit with all the necessities to deal with morning mouth and other nighttime ravishments
. Off we stumbled to the lavatory, returning a few minutes later refreshed and ready to rejoin the human race.