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.