Other feet were already in the lower flight of the backstairs
; but the upper flight was the one for me, and in an instant we were racing along the upper corridor with the chuckle-headed pack at our heels.
Alec, opening the door and letting her enter before him, while Phebe was seen whisking down the backstairs
with a dust-pan.
Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of Arthur's which had a sort of backstairs
influence, not admitted to himself?
Now, Jane, trip on before us away to the backstairs
; unbolt the side-passage door, and tell the driver of the post-chaise you will see in the yard--or just outside, for I told him not to drive his rattling wheels over the pavement--to be ready; we are coming: and, Jane, if any one is about, come to the foot of the stairs and hem."
Eight of them she owned, and she kept them in a little place fenced around on her backstairs
. All day long the children of Aniele were raking in the dump for food for these chickens; and sometimes, when the competition there was too fierce, you might see them on Halsted Street walking close to the gutters, and with their mother following to see that no one robbed them of their finds.
was used by the servants and also by the king's favoured friends.
The upstairs-downstairs world may now be under the microscope, but I doubt much will fundamentally change for, or disrupt the lives of, backstair
pages, butlers and footmen, who have guarded every aspect of royalty for decades.
I think I loved living in that house, as I would sit by the window looking at people passing by, and at the backstairs
eating avocado fallen from a tree in the yard.
When the Conservative candidates for the party leadership finish throwing mud at each other; the backstairs
bazaar and trading cease; and the creation of the next prime minister is in full swing, let us all rally behind the new leader, join the party political chorus, raise the banners, sound the trumpets and charge in full cry: Vive la liberte !
In the Commons, Tory MP Mark Francois said: "We all want to see the Northern Ireland Executive re-established but that cannot be at the price of some rancid backstairs
deal between the Northern Ireland Office and Sinn Fein IRA."