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Forgetfulness

See also Carelessness.
Absent-Minded Beggar, The
ballad of forgetful soldiers who fought in the Boer War. [Br. Lit.: “The Absent-Minded Beg-gars” in Payton, 3]
absent-minded professor
personification of one too contemplative to execute practical tasks. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
jujube
causes loss of memory and desire to return home. [Classical Myth.: Leach, 561–562]
Lethe
river of Hades which induced forgetfulness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 687; Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
limbo
place or condition of neglect and inattention (from Dante). [Western Folklore: Espy, 124]
Lotophagi
African people, eaters of an amnesia-inducing fruit. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Br. Lit.: “The Lotus-Eaters” in Norton, 733–736]
Madison, Percival Wemys
character who no longer remembers his name. [Br. Lit.: Lord of the Flies]
soma
drug that induces forgetfulness. [Br. Lit.: Brave New World]
Winkle, Rip Van
awakening from 20 years’ sleep, forgets how things have changed. [Am. Lit.: Sketch Book, Payton, 574]
References in classic literature ?
This he said with a great show of pride, and he strutted back and forth, forgetful that he had just been beaten at archery.
The transition had been so sudden and so unexpected that it left me for a moment forgetful of aught else than my strange metamorphosis.
In each instance he sighed and passed on, returning at length to Paulvitch's side, where he squatted down once more; thereafter evincing little or no interest in any of the other men, and apparently forgetful of his recent battle with them.
And yet Alan must be there - Alan locked in drunken slumbers, forgetful of the return of day, of the holy season, and of the friend whom he had so coldly received and was now so churlishly neglecting.
That I of all who so reverence you should have said anything so forgetful.
Well, in one of your late conversations with him, you said that I appeared to be forgetful and irresolute concerning this marriage, did you not?
Thus, then, she cut her way through the water, carrying one who was as cunning as the gods, but who was now sleeping peacefully, forgetful of all that he had suffered both on the field of battle and by the waves of the weary sea.
Bud, with ceaseless toil and patient care, tended the lilies, which bloomed brightly, the crowns grew bright, and in her hands the wands had power over birds and blossoms, for she was striving to give happiness to others, forgetful of herself.
He had long been in the habit of visiting the barber's shop, where our venerable chair, philosophically forgetful of its former dignities, had now spent nearly eighteen not uncomfortable years.
For a long time, forgetful alike of my own situation, and the vicinity of my still slumbering companion, I remained gazing around me, hardly able to comprehend by what means I had thus suddenly been made a spectator of such a scene.
Inflamed beyond the bounds of discretion at the sight, and forgetful of the season, the wood-chopper rushed to his middle into the water, and began to drive the reluctant animals before him from their native element.
She took it, however, as she spoke, and the gratification of having her do so, of feeling such a connexion for the first time, made him a little forgetful of Fanny.