Only there, for a passing hour in the museum or theater, do we witness our irrefrangible
, mental possessions in all their unspeakable hardness (if by "possession" one means simply that they possess us): "That statues mirror our internal objects may also be part of what makes actual monuments such apt homes for our shifting projections, our castings out onto the world of those ideas we cannot bear to keep inside ourselves or recognize as our own; external statues may become the places onto which we project our most intimate opacities.
Through the 1980s and early 1990s, Japanese watch producers advanced horological technologies further to make accurate, irrefrangible
, and functional watches.
For Babette's students, as for others negotiating their lives in a culture transcending old ideas of national particularism, there is no reliable outside, no inelastic or irrefrangible
concept of otherness; in place of bounded cultural territories one encounters a landscape studded with enclaves of indigenized exoticism, things that - as in the case of Tubb-Dharamsalapur - are neither purely "Indian" nor "American," but that set the alleged mutual exclusivity of such nation-binding constructs at defiance, inaugurating a potentially endless process of cultural mutation and amalgamation.