unretentive


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unretentive

(ˌʌnrɪˈtɛntɪv)
adj
lacking the ability to retain knowledge
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Adj.1.unretentive - (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range; "a short memory"
unmindful, forgetful, mindless - not mindful or attentive; "while thus unmindful of his steps he stumbled"- G.B.Shaw
recollective, retentive, tenacious, long - good at remembering; "a retentive mind"; "tenacious memory"
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Women are fundamentally unretentive creatures, leaky vessels porous to the world (Paster Leaky Vessels).
It can never be so long that an author dare count on readers being unretentive since that would surely cause sufficient expansion to move it into the novel category, The author may be right or wrong in respect to a particular reader, or partially right, or partially wrong, but the basic, formative assumption is unavoidable: authors of brief works have no choice but to assume that readers not only forget nothing, but they also perceive and conceive everything.
Readers may be similarly unretentive or even inattentive while perusing short stories, but authors cannot plan with that in mind.