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He let me pry about among a quantity of mildewed and musty manuscripts and I came across this.
So Tarzan came to his cabin unattended, and a few moments later was curled up in the mildewed remnants of what had once been a bed of grasses.
Splendid tapestries, now mildewed and rotting, hung upon the walls.
It was not very light, but Nicholas found himself close to the first entrance on the prompt side, among bare walls, dusty scenes, mildewed clouds, heavily daubed draperies, and dirty floors.