In the back of my mind, some small problem kept nagging at me. I'd had a dream or something…I needed to talk to my friends. But I was sure it could wait. (16.191)
The Lotus Casino does wonders to the memory – it completely sucks it out of guests who stay there, causing them to forget where they came from, where they were headed, or that time is even passing. It's an eerie trap that Percy and his friends fall into. Here, Percy describes what it feels like to have your memories sucked out you; it's almost as if memories are like prisoners locked far away and calling out to their owners. The Lotus Casino experience proves that memory is really important in helping demi-gods stay on task and finish their quests.