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chris-l

Where is Sylvia?

I know who she is, and I was beginning to get a fair idea of what she was, but now she has disappeared. I was happily reading 'Sylvia's Lovers' by Mrs Gaskell, then a few nights ago at bedtime, I looked for the book and it wasn't there.

I've searched everywhere in the bedroom - my book box, the laundry basket, behind the chest of drawers, even taken the sheets off the bed, but to no avail. I've looked all over the house and I'm sure I haven't taken the book out of the house. So frustrating! I'm sure it will turn up one day, but meanwhile any suggestions for places I should look will be greatly appreciated. Our house is hardly the most orderly spot on the planet and things regularly go missing, but I usually have a pretty good idea where my books are. Losing a book really upsets me, especially one I am currently reading.
Chibiabos83

Well, I consulted the Shakespeare poem, and he gives so little guidance as to be almost entirely useless. He does tantalise with one morsel, that Silvia is "upon the dull earth dwelling" (or at least that everyone is, Silvia included). Might the book have fallen out of a window? Worth a look. You have my sympathies - a most frustrating occurrence.
Caro

I don't think I can help with Sylvia, except to say that in our house we have a saying, "It will be where it's supposed to be".  And so often that is the case.  Somehow it has just been overlooked or had stuff put on top of it or slipped down, but it's there.

I paid for a book at the library once when it had been lost, and straightaway of course it turned up - on a stool near my son's bed.  Quite visible, I just can't understand how we hadn't seen it, or where it could have been before that.  Naturally it wasn't a book I was even all that keen to read!  But it was new so I had to pay its full price.

Are you quite sure it isn't in the car and that you didn't take it somewhere?  Think back to the last time you definitely saw it and trace it from there.  

My glasses have done the same disappearing act - one minute I have three (cheap) pairs, and now I am down to one, and keep forgetting to go to the chemist when it is open to buy a new pair. They must turn up somewhere too.

The biggest puzzle for me has been losing a silky black singlet, something I only wore under other clothing, so not taken off and left in a restaurant or cafe.  Not in my son's house nor in any drawers; I just don't know what has happened to it.

Cheers, Caro.
MikeAlx

I had a book simply go missing once, and it never turned up. However, I think I took it when I stayed overnight somewhere and probably left it there.

The only other time I've lost a book is when my favourite book went missing when I was a child. I believe it was probably stolen by one of the foreign students that were staying with us at the time. I was upset because it was a really cool book full of futuristic things such as solar panels, electric cars and walking trucks etc. (it was the 1970s, I must have been about 8 or 9).
Caro

I do recall not being able to find once the book I was reading one weekend and on the Monday the teacher of the kids' school phoned and asked if I would have left a book outside where it had been rained on.  It was a library book too.  I had taken it to the school while the kids went swimming at the pool there.
Marita

Have you tried looking for something else entirely? I often find lost things that way.

In our previous apartment (in an old house) I sometimes felt a 'presence'. When something went missing I told the ‘ghost’ to stop messing about and put it back immediately. Generally the missing item would turn up in the most unlikely place.
chris-l

Thanks for the suggestions, but nothing has worked so far! I do usually in these circumstances at least have the consolation of finding other lost treasures, but so far, this particular search has produced not even an unexpected result. I expect Sylvia has found her way onto a bookshelf soemwhere cunningly disguised as a book!
Caro

You have reminded me of another book I lost from the library.  It is a tiny book and I presume it has just got lost inside another one.  I was forgiven this one, it being very old and me being a staff member, but I would quite like it to turn up as it was a local history one.
Apple

We get that in our house often, and I rip the house apart looking for it only for it to turn up a while later in full view I put it down to the ghost in our house ...but thats another subject entirely!!
chris-l

Found! Lurking in a pile of books that I had checked several times. Very stupidly, I had been looking for a book with a cream coloured spine: it was only just now, when I idly wondered what that book with the red spine might be, that I was reunited with Sylvia.

I'm halfway through 'Manhattan Transfer', which I began as an alternative to 'Sylvia's Lovers', and I can't tear myself away at this point. Sylvia's fate will have to wait a few more days to be fully revealed to me.

Thanks for all your suggestions - on the whole, you were right, it was among other books, pretty much where it should have been!
Caro

That's good, Chris.  My glasses turned up too, at the bottom of a shopping bag, just hours after I had bought new ones.  (But now the pair that weren't lost have disappeared - I think they could be in my over-stuffed handbag somewhere.  Will check one day.)

Cheers, Caro.
MikeAlx

I did that once Caro - except the glasses turned up behind my mother-in-law's sofa! Ironically the cheapo ones I bought to replace them have proved much sturdier over the years than the pricey ones that I lost and found again - so much so that I only use the pricey ones as spares.

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