From: Jennifer Formichelli
Second, part of what we discover when we engage the context of the
epigraph is that the Sybil situation occurs within another situation, that
of Trimalchio's banquet. This is the major shift between the quotation as
it appears and in its context.
Not to mention how it reflects on Madam (Blavtsky) Sosostris
and her fortune leaves in the form of playing cards.
Poor old insoucient Soscey had a bad cold
which means she was either in hock for a huge
pile of sovereigns, or, more likely, had one cheery
case gone-whore-hoeia. A really weighty dimension
of the poem for the epigraph to highlite.