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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 ?
He could see the quaint little figure sitting on the piazza at North Riverboro and watch it disappear in the lilac bushes when he gave the memorable order for three hundred cakes of Rose-Red and Snow-White soap.
We saw the boat go alongside, and we saw him taken up the side and disappear.
By a certain defect in your countenance, which lacks the crowning beauty of happiness; and a certain defect in your voice which will never disappear until you learn to love or pity those to whom you speak.
She caught him in her arms, as though she feared to see him disappear down the black hole, and, in a trembling voice, whispered:
He panted up the terrace only to disappear to the head in a wave of monkeys, but he threw himself squarely on his haunches, and, spreading out his forepaws, hugged as many as he could hold, and then began to hit with a regular bat-bat-bat, like the flipping strokes of a paddle wheel.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
The other classes decay and finally disappear in the face of Modern Industry; the proletariat is its special and essential product.
Out upon the plain a lone horseman muttered a low curse as he saw the two disappear from sight.
Let her go,' said Dick, and he watched her disappear with strangely mingled feelings.
He said that in his watch he had been sheltering behind the deckhouse, as there was a rain storm, when he saw a tall, thin man, who was not like any of the crew, come up the companionway, and go along the deck forward and disappear.
Some, tightly closed, seemed to disappear suddenly in the midst of the cries--an energetic way, no doubt, of casting a vote.
Far away up the desolate slope I heard a harsh scream, and saw a thing like a huge white butterfly go slanting and flittering up into the sky and, circling, disappear over some low hillocks beyond.