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  • The vague fear that usually lived deep in his gut began to rise, and with it came the smell of dust, and the air of a closed-up space.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • Some sheep had backed into the sizzling-hot barbed wire, and the acrid smell of burnt wool permeated the air.

    Plain Language

  • We walked the two blocks to the Zamora Temple with the sun bright in our faces, comforted by the smell of exhaust fumes and the familiar noise of the city.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

  • That evening, after my father returned home, the smell of the soap he had used to wash away the traces of Marilyn Hyde's death still strong upon him, he sat at our kitchen table and opened a bottle of Coors.

    The Killing Kind

  • The sunshine seemed more golden on a day like this, and the smell of new-cut hay and clover bloom far sweeter than it was on ordinary days.

    Caddie Woodlawn’s Family

  • That horrible smell of putrefied lilies crept up her nostrils.

    The Wish Stealers

  • He was aware of the salt-sweet sea smell of Puget Sound, and the headier tang of the pines that stood like a silent cathedral—clay red or black with damp—above and below the road that tacked its way along the steep hem of the sound; was aware of the sharp cold of the morning and the familiar taste of coming rain.

    Ishmael

  • SAMANTHA: But there are texts from her on your phone, youve worked late three times this week, and you definitely smell of perfume.

    What Men Say, What Women Hear

  • The smell of burned hair mingled with the sweetish odor of heated, close-packed cattle.

    Plain Language

  • I wanted to be free of Uncle Jake: his remarks to Mother, his hold on Dad, his guns, his goons, his whiskey and cigars, even the sicklysweet smell of him that still haunted our living room.

    Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter

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