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  • These queer cosmopolitan women, deep in complicated love-affairs which they appeared to feel the need of retailing to every one they met, and the magnificent young officers and elderly dyed wits who were the subjects or the recipients of their confidences, were too different from the people Archer had grown up among, too much like expensive and rather malodorous hot-house exotics, to detain his imagination long.

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  • As an only child, unlike those who have as a matter of course seen their sisters in the nude, I had ,yet to witness a woman entirely unclothed—and this includes the old floozy in Charlotte who wore a stained and malodorous shift throughout the whole proceeding.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He embraced his daughter, and then again Pierre, and kissed him with his malodorous mouth.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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