I. ONE OF THE MEMBERS OF A FAMILY ABSENTS HIM OR HER SELF FROM HOME:

 absentation


1. The person absenting himself can be a member of the older generation. Parents leave for work. "The prince had to go on a distant journey, leaving his wife to the care of strangers". "Once, he (a merchant) went away to foreign lands". Usual forms of absentation: going to work, to the forest, to trade, to war, "on business."


2. An intensified form of absentation is represented by the death of parents. In contemporary tales, divorce and the subsequent absence of either parent functions as an absentation.


3. Sometimes members of the younger generation absent themselves. They go visiting , fishing , for a walk, out to gather berries. In contemporary tales, they go off to school, to the movies, on a date, to summer camp, to college.