RE:a sulphurous sort of smell,as though the seven-fold gates of hell had been unfolded

to those who know, this won't be a surprise, but i actually like the smell of sulfur..(well, mild sulfur odors..)

as a child, our family doctor was very careful with anti-biotics, and generally did not prescribe them, but prescribed sulfur based compounds... they were chalky and grey (later they added a chocolate flavor, but it didn't really cover the sulfur taste up)

my pavlovian response is to associate sulfur with good things (ie, the sore throat feeling better, the fever passing)