Gezina: You mean the ones you are holding in your hand?
Eldred [Looking at his hand. Disbelievingly.]: Is this the first sign? The beginnings of short term memory loss?
Gezina: Have you forgotten all the other times? Not only do you forget your keys, you forget that it happens three times a week.
Eldred: And you never forget?
Gezina: You see? You have also forgotten that I never forget. Women don’t forget things. Men do. Maybe you need a course of exercises.
Gezina: Mental exercises. But some physical exercises would also help while you’re about it.
Like checking the breaker switch when the power goes off? But that is a minor technical issue and not necessary for survival.
Or forgetting how much more a taxi costs than a bus ride? That is selective memory, and necessary for survival.
Perhaps, then, Eldred’s memory problem is more serious than Gezina’s.