groundplot

groundplot

(ˈɡraʊndˌplɒt)
n
1. (Architecture) the plot of ground that is covered by a building
2. (Architecture) a drawing of the ground floor of a building
References in classic literature ?
Before this second looking over was begun, however, Emma walked into the hall for the sake of a few moments' free observation of the entrance and groundplot of the houseand was hardly there, when Jane Fairfax appeared, coming quickly in from the garden, and with a look of escape.
For a less campy example of a fictional groundplot that is folkish and also Biblical, and where we hardly expect it, consider Henry James's Wings of the Dove and The Golden Bowl.
Each film 'raises' Cain, evoking the novelist's groundplot of a murderous love-triangle," Orr writes, but does so "only to 'raze' the realistic ethos of his high-noir texts," in the process contributing immeasurably to the reinvigoration of noir in recent American film.
Having skimmed over this issue, Berry then summarized the action of the opening scene, with its dispute between the two brothers Saturninus and Bassanius over who is to become consul of Rome, suggesting that this is the same "'hostile brother' motif that opens As You Like It and is the groundplot of The Comedy of Errors.