OK, this was a very simple exercise in perception. The passage is from the juvenile/YA SF novel Catseye by Andre Norton (1961), and I'm sure seemed completely innocuous in its day. I re-read it recently and realised that age and too much fanfic has really spoilt me for this sort of thing, since the slash goggles seem to switch on automatically now...
The edited passage is here:
About all I omitted was names of the characters, the first sentence and a bit of the first paragraph (which are indicative of the SF setting) and an honorific used by the viewpoint character which is used throughout the novel and again was probably entirely innocent in intention:
There was no foam plast filling its box shape. Inside dried grasses and leaves gave under him, then remoulded about his body, and the fine scent of them filled his nostrils as he fell asleep easily. He did not dream at all.
Amazing what time and context can do...
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