retentive memory

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By my retentive memory of the hieroglyphics upon one Sperm Whale in particular, I was much struck with a plate representing the old Indian characters chiselled on the famous hieroglyphic palisades on the banks of the Upper Mississippi.
The duchess begged Don Quixote, as he seemed to have a retentive memory, to describe and portray to her the beauty and features of the lady Dulcinea del Toboso, for, judging by what fame trumpeted abroad of her beauty, she felt sure she must be the fairest creature in the world, nay, in all La Mancha.
Thus to have a retentive memory, and to proceed by "the book," are points commonly regarded as the sum total of good playing.
One of his friends advised Olufemi to try Indian hemp (cannabis), in order to keep him alert and to boost his retentive memory.
I did not know it then but she has a retentive memory and remembered all I said that morning.
I have a profound retentive memory, which means I've never had to learn a script.
A medically minded girlfriend agreed he "ticked all the boxes" with his honesty, retentive memory, monologues on favourite subjects, not looking strangers in the eye and endless collections.
Mae'n arwr i mi oherwydd mai fo ddywedodd: "A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
Sal ends up in Las Vegas, undergoes facial surgery and, because he has a retentive memory, is turned into Rabbi David Cohen, part of a new racket.
It's not something that I consciously decided on; it just happened that I have this retentive memory.
Maybe the fact I don't have a retentive memory has helped make the transition smooth," she laughs.
My own experience of working with people with degrees is that the degree may indicate a retentive memory but not necessarily common sense.