"... a rumor is like smoke. It will spread, it will seep through closed doors and latched shutters, and in the end the whole town will smell of it."
The Hangman's Daughter - Lee Chadeayne, Oliver Pötzsch

I love this quote.  Even though I'm having a really hard time getting into the novel, the quote is resonating amazingly.  Rumors suck - they do permeate everything.