from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ladder-shell; a scalaria; a wentletrap. See cut under Scalaria.
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'Up-stairs,' said I, pointing to a pair of winding-stairs, which led from the store to my room.
But outside in the corridor it was dark, for the lamp had died out; no trace of my companion was perceptible, and I was obliged to move along by the wall, at hazard in the dark, in order to reach the winding-stairs.
With little ceremony the two nobles left the apartment, traversed the vestibule, and descended the winding-stairs, the clash of Lindesay’s huge sword being heard as it rang against each step in his descent.