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FORGETTING by Robert Lynd Questions Answers and Study Guide

FORGETTING by Robert Lynd Questions Answers and Study Guide

Question:
“It is the efficiency rather than the inefficiency of human memory that compels my wonder”— What instances of an efficient human memory are given by Lynd in Forgetting? Name a few of the ‘matters’ regarding which memory works inefficiently.

Answer:
In his essay on Forgetting Robert Lynd gives a number of examples of efficient human memory. A modern man keeps many things in his memory; names of actors, actresses, sports persons, addresses of friends, appointments for lunch and dinner and telephone numbers. In his everyday living, he does everything he has to do. He even switched off the light before going to bed.
          But despite such efficient memory, man forgets to make medicines regularly, post letters in time and keep umbrellas, walking sticks and books in mind.

Question:
What, after the writer of Forgetting is the commonest form of forgetfulness? Show how this form of forgetfulness affects all including the writer.

Answer:
In his essay Forgetting Lynd says that the commonest form of forgetfulness occurs in the matter of posting letters. It is so common that Lynd cannot trust his departing guest to post his letter. Even if he does, he puts his guest under oath to post his letter. He humorously says about himself : “any one who asks me to post a letter is a poor judge of character”. He carries the letter in his hand. But he remembers to post it always after passing the first letter-box. Weary of holding it, Lynd puts the letter in his pocket. Soon he forgets all about it. The unposted letter leads an unadventurous life in his pocket. At home he faces embarrassing questions. And the guilt is brought out of his pocket.

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