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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]
personification of one too contemplative to execute practical tasks. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
causes loss of memory and desire to return home. [Classical Myth.: Leach, 561–562]
river of Hades which induced forgetfulness. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 687; Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
place or condition of neglect and inattention (from Dante). [Western Folklore: Espy, 124]
Madison, Percival Wemys
African people, eaters of an amnesia-inducing fruit. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Br. Lit.: “The Lotus-Eaters” in Norton, 733–736]
character who no longer remembers his name. [Br. Lit.: Lord of the Flies]
Winkle, Rip Van
drug that induces forgetfulness. [Br. Lit.: Brave New World]
awakening from 20 years’ sleep, forgets how things have changed. [Am. Lit.: Sketch Book, Payton, 574]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.