The vultures gorged themselves at the tortoise, he said, then went to drink at the waterhole and shat such a putrescence
that the cows wouldn't go near enough to drink.
Among his English friends, the art of Ingres was held in high esteem, while the work of the realists Courbet and Edouard Manet was lumped together indiscriminately and considered, in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's words, "Simple putrescence
Like these blossoms, bright sores burst upon earth's ignorant flesh, at first sight everything is innocence--then it's itch, scratch, putrescence
To his mother he was more concise: "The new French school is simple putrescence
and decomposition" (November 12).
(14) For instance, the first tenement investigated in December 1869 is described as "damp and discolored from leakage" (MBSL I 1870, 165), and its privy as "a fetid abyss of stercoraceous putrescence
During the course of the novel, Vost muses on how the "interior life of the man" is both "a bed of stars" and a "pit of putrescence
" (31), and his release at the end seeks to combine one into the other by transforming him into a passion artist.
A city that by the 1850s drained 260 tons of sewage into the river each day was alarmed to find waste piling up on exposed mud banks in ribbons of black putrescence
. The water around the ribbons was yellow and gave off what was described as a urinous smell.
But here the classic profiles of water- and calla-lilies, decaying roots and all, are made eerily fragile and translucent: the organic is frozen into delicate, calligraphic messages of a sublimity that always threatens to slip into the horrible, into rot and putrescence
This waxy mass, arising from putrescence
, became its hated parent's most potent anodyne" (34).