The queen thinks the world smells of fresh paint.
At the most basic and primal level, we avoid situations that feel uncomfortable. In Malcolm Gladwell's groundbreaking and enlightening book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, he wrote of the unconscious factors that affect our perception of situations, environments, and locations. When something doesn't feel quite right, it is likely a function of our mind processing factors that are beyond our conscious comprehension. It's the minutia, the little things, that can alter our perception.
A dark alley or a cold, musty business feels like somewhere that might be populated by shady characters or where you might get assaulted. ...