Yes, it wasn't a thread as I thought, but a sub-set of posts in the Lone CG thread. (And older than I'd thought too.)Are you meaning this post?
From what I could work out from your post, it might be right?
This sounds fascinating, do you have anymore details?
I'm sure I've posted this elsewhere, but some timeslip cases here;
Yes that is an odd thing now you mention it. Could it be possible that there just simply wasn't a coffee smell (maybe windows/doors were open for eg- it was June) and she only thought it strange after the fact, when she was at home making her own coffee perhaps? I agree though, it's not something I think I would have considered days later.Good post, but I find this part—either the phrasing or the occurence—odd:
Mrs Warburton did not stay but she certainly did not recognise anything amiss either then or indeed for several days. Even the rather formal and slightly off-key clothing made no immediate impression on her. Nor did the fact that although the customers were talking there was no noise from them that caused her to question her senses. Nor did she notice that there was no smell of coffee.
So the implication is that there was no smell of coffee, and although she didn't notice the absence at the time, she later realised this was the case.
I don't say it's impossible, but does our sensory perception usually operate like this? I'm not convinced mine does. Without an eidetic memory (or comparable powers of recall for the other four senses) phenomena like smell tend to be experienced predominantly in the here-and-now; I find my ability to return and interrogate past sensations extremely limited, especially with smells and tastes which I experience much less keenly than sight and hearing.
If you were to ask me, say, whether I had smelt the burning leaves on the air, I think if I hadn't noted it at the time, my response would be based more on contextual guesswork than on a re-examination of the experience past: my memory produces sketches based on ephermeral sense-data and then discards most traces of the raw sensation itself—I can't add much to them after the fact.