From the third, renewal or invention , comes every story not listed previously, Haroun at sea, the unrecollected
whisper of your mother, and the barely discerned talk of lovers overheard at the next table as they eat potstickers and drink bad Chinese beer.
It includes, but is not limited to, unrecollected
names of colleagues unexpectedly encountered at conferences; comments that, while accurate, are far too impolite to utter; random information we know but can't remember why; and fractions of ideas that we can't seem to mold into a functional whole.
Admittedly, there is a significant time gap between the seventeenth-century formulations of immemorial law, and the mid-nineteenth century movement to change land law in India and Ireland according to those countries' own "immemorial usage." But the idea of being heir to vast tracts of unrecollected
time suddenly gained new currency in the nineteenth century.