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  • When they got there, Will was prodded through passages that had a musky, reptilian undersmell, as though the house were infested with toads.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Bond, who was used to the club in Barbados (single shower stall, wooden bar with cold beer) or the shabby back rooms of Queen’s Club in London, noticed that no amount of expensive scents had quite concealed a rancid undersmell of socks.

    Advantage Mr. Bond

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  • They went into a dark hall. It was heavy with the odor of linoleum and creosote and another odor behind these two. The third one was an undersmell and Enoch couldn't name it as anything he had ever smelled before.
    --Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (1952)

    April 16, 2011