That women were widely perceived in this culture as having a particular connection with filth, and that the lines through which that connection flowed were primarily sexual, is clearly not something of which Biow is unaware: the association of the female body with fetor
and defecation within misogynistic literature is, for example, noted in passing in his discussion of the Corbaccio.
There were good reasons for the British government to stop it: the fetor
of scandal, the muffled cries of unhappy parents, and occasionally the children.
But even in the absence of such stellar accomplishments, I would crown Barney with yet another diadem simply because I am sick to death of listening to know-nothing creeps trash him, their "critiques" rank with the fetor
of invidium and sour grapes.
On one occasion, she mentioned a long-standing history of fetor
(an unpleasant odor) emanating from her left nostril and ipsilateral nasal obstruction.
The chapter opens with an epigraph from Sir Thomas Browne's Vulgar Errors: "In vain it was to rake for Ambergriese in the paunch of this Leviathan, insufferable fetor
denying that inquiry" (402).
Yet in time it seemed as if all this fetor
did not emanate solely from the barrack; the unending, rankly decaying autumn reeked of iodoform, pitch and typhus as well; the same effluvia rose from the lowering, turbid sky that seemed day and night to seep its liquidity through an impermeable sieve, and the overcast days reeked in much the same way, the days of autumn one thousand nine hundred and twenty-one.
It made eminent sense to combat dangerous mephitic air and fetor
with healthful fragrance from burning aromatic herbs.
So close did the horses come to him that he smelled the fetor
of their muzzles.