Quotation by Angela Carter

If we have largely forgotten the physical discomforts of the itching, oppressive garments of the past ... then we have mercifully forgotten, too, the smells of the past, the domestic odours—ill-washed flesh; infrequently changed underwear; chamber-pots; slop-pails; inadequately plumbed privies; rotting food; unattended teeth; and the streets are no fresher than indoors, the omnipresent acridity of horse piss and dung, drains, the sudden stench of old death from butchers' shops, the amniotic horror of the fishmonger.
Angela Carter (1940–1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Black Venus, Chatto & Windus (1985). "The Fall River Axe Murders," p. 104, Review of Books (1981).
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