The old Jews of Tehran lived dissociated from mechanical time.

Yet for that reason they never lost it.  It is

as though out of their subconscious they produced without volition

the few crystallizations of stated instances by which their dead

lives in the actual world had once been firmly governed.

Without recourse to clock they could know immediately upon the

thought just where, in their old lives, they would be

and what doing between the two fixed moments which marked

the beginning and the end of morning prayer and afternoon

prayer; just when they would have been entering the Synagogue.


Paraphrases from the novel Light in August by William Faulkner.