Miss Prism’s three-volume-novel
symbolizes the engrossing nature of fiction and the loss of one’s sense of reality. Miss Prism mentions to Cecily
in Act II that she once wrote a “three-volume-novel.” At the end of the play it is revealed that she absentmindedly placed the manuscript of the novel in the infant Jack’s
stroller, while placing the Jack in a handbag
forgotten in a coatroom at Victoria station
. The manuscript, being a work of fiction, and its inadvertent role in Jack’s childhood disappearance, represents the captivating quality of fiction. One may become so engaged in a work of fiction, that like Miss Prism he/she, may lose track of reality.