fetidity

fetidity

(fɛˈtɪdətɪ)
n
the state or quality of being fetid
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As Corbin puts it: "Emphasizing the fetidity of the laboring classes, and thus the danger of infection from their mere presence, helped the bourgeois to sustain his self-indulgent, self-induced terror, which dammed up the expression of remorse." So too with the sound of bells.