- We present physical reasoning for the missing interference [Zhu, Narducci, and Scully, Phys. Rev. A 52, 4791 (1995)] in emission in a laser-driven V system. We demonstrate how the interference effects can be restored by considering an additional channel of spontaneous emission. Analytical results are given to identify the various pathways contributing to this interference. The interference terms show up in the form of dispersive contributions to the line shape. 1998 The American Physical Society.