Disappearance


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Disappearance

See also Abduction.
Arden, Enoch
missing for many years after being shipwrecked, returns to find his wife remarried. [Br. Poetry: “Enoch Arden”]
Atlantis
submerged legendary island kingdom; never located. [Classical Folklore: Walsh Classical, 37]
Bermuda Triangle
area of mysterious disappearance of ships and planes at sea. [Am. Hist.: The Bermuda Triangle]
Bierce, Ambrose
(1842–1914?) journalist and short story writer; disappeared into Mexico in 1913. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 294]
Crater, Judge
(Joseph Force Crater, 1889–1930?) Judge of N. Y. Supreme Court; vanished August 6, 1930. [Am. Hist.: RHD]
Drood, Edwin
nephew of John Jasper; mysteriously vanishes. [Br. Lit.: Edwin Drood]
Earhart, Amelia
(1897–1937?) aviatrix vanished in 1937 amid speculation and gossip. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 819]
Hoff a, Jimmy
(1913–1975?) Teamsters’ boss kidnapped and presumed dead. [Am. Hist.: Facts (1975), 573]
Louis XVII (1793–1795?) “lost
dauphin”; heir to French kingship imprisoned and probably abducted. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 1617]
Mister Keen
tracer of lost persons. [Radio: “Keen” in Sharp, IV, 354]
Prospero’s banquet
vanishes after being shown to the hungry castaways. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Tempest]
Roanoke
Carolina settlement that twice vanished, leaving no trace (1587). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 430]
References in classic literature ?
When at last he got to his feet, his mind was confused and he was not surprised by the boy's disappearance.
Brom Bones, too, who, shortly after his rival's disappearance conducted the blooming Katrina in triumph to the altar, was observed to look exceedingly knowing whenever the story of Ichabod was related, and always burst into a hearty laugh at the mention of the pumpkin; which led some to suspect that he knew more about the matter than he chose to tell.
for the Saxons were very superstitious) might have adopted some such hypothesis, to account for Ivanhoe's disappearance, had he not suddenly cast his eye upon a person attired like a squire, in whom he recognised the features of his fellow-servant Gurth.
So she told Agatha of her marriage, her wild love for her husband, his wild love for her, and his mysterious disappearance without leaving word or sign behind him.
In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.
One afternoon he went to the managers' office to ask the reason of Christine's disappearance.
I found him in great trouble about the disappearance of his son, who had, he said, vanished without leaving a trace; but his own grief did not prevent him sharing mine.
The astonishment of the giant at the sudden disappearance of the Prince may well be imagined.
He reviewed his position, and saw himself in a moment left without wife, friend, or servants, abandoned, he felt, by the heaven above him, and more than all robbed of his honour, for in Camilla's disappearance he saw his own ruin.
Just as, to the bourgeois, the disappearance of class property is the disappearance of production itself, so the disappearance of class culture is to him identical with the disappearance of all culture.
These orders were sufficient, I well knew, to insure their immediate disappearance, one and all, as soon as my back was turned.
As was true of the general public, his chief interest in the matter centered about the mysterious disappearance of the slayer.