Why do some people borrow books and not return them. In most cases, the obligation of the loan eats the borrower and skews the balance in favour of the lender. But not so with books. I wonder why? And there is nothing I can do when the borrower happens to be Navy's boss's wife. How many times does one ask to have it back? I do not feel this way about all my books, but I do treasure some of the rare ones ( also invariably expensive ones)
I recollect I lost a Mr Mulliner hardbound at campus- I was so bugged. Polonious or rather Shakespeare was right when he said- "Neither a borrow nor a lender be, for loan oft loses both itself and friend." Maybe he, and in turn we, lost a few drama scripts that way? A Midsummer Day Dream or a sequel to As you like it ?
I recollect a quote I read in school, that proclaims unabashedly- "Never lend a book for no one ever returns them The only ones in my library are those that others lent me". If i borrow books, i ensure i read them first and fast and return them.I do not press for books if I sense any reluctance on the owner's part. I understand.
Book Readers- There are some who ask you politely and revere the book as much as you do.
Book Raiders- There are others who tell you" I am taking this book "and pounce on it as a matter of right and my heart sinks in fear that I may never see that copy ever again.
Book Lovers- But then there are others who hard bind the book for you, iron out the dog ears and return it promptly after a read.
Whatever the category, I cannot refuse. Our upbringing tells us to share and multiply knowledge. So there I go lending books again.
But I diligently make notes on little post-its right in front of the borrower and keep track till they return it. And if the book is too precious I just buy them another copy , preferably a fake one if i can find it. ( yeah- i can hear you say " how cheap..." but that is ok)