'Time's a strange thing,' Father Crompton said.'Of course the child wouldn't understand it was all done in the past.'
'St Augustine asked where time came from. He said it came out of the future which didn't exist yet, into the present that had no duration, and went into the past which had ceased to exist. I don't know that we can understand time any better than a child.'
(The End of the Affair, Graham Greene, 1951)