Carting around the catch all day was bad enough; it seemed the smell never left her nostrils fully after there were no more buyers in the streets. This was only intensified by the oils and other fluids that remained after the fish were sold or returned to the market. Molly used the lye soap and tried lemon juice, wincing at the sting as it seeped into the cuts and cracks. Her hands smelled so badly of fish, she sometimes soaked them in vanilla liquor or wood alcohol, other times in pickle vinegar, in an attempt to get rid of the stench.
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