This is why it is important to read older books, since it is easy to forget how quickly customs change, at least for those inhabiting the far West. In Gustav Meyer’s The Green Face, we find this description of the seductive salesgirl in the magic shop:
As she did so [demonstrate a magic trick for him] she brought the whole range of a practised feminine charm into play, from the breasts deliberately displayed to the male, to the discreet, almost telepathic scent given off by her skin which she intensified by occasionally lifting her arm to send a supplementary blast from the armpit.
It certainly worked on the patron, since he bought the trick even though he neither wanted it nor needed it. Men today, who expect women to smell like Dove, probably won’t understand how her armpit scent is an attraction. Or perhaps they forget the natural connection between body odor and subconscious human sexual attraction. Or perhaps she was a sorceress practicing her charm … I’ll have to wait until I finish the book.