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They open and shut the trap-doors without any particular reason.
We entered it, and found the trap-door which led to the staircase, but we had great difficulty in raising it, because the prince had fastened it down underneath with the plaster he had brought with him.
And with that he scrambled into the churn through the trap-door, and shut himself inside, just as the young woman's mother busted into the milk-house.
The breakneck trap-door was still protected by a curved brass stanchion; this I grasped with one hand, and then Raffles with the other as I felt my feet firm upon the tower floor.
The quarter-deck now staged a lurid scene: that blazing trap-door in its midst; and each man there a naked demon madly working to save his roasting skin.
The carpet seemed continuous and firmly nailed, so I dismissed the idea of a trap-door.
She did not even know whether that oblong mark on the ceiling was a trap-door to the roof or not.
But, his sufferings when the clock was going to strike, were frightful to behold; and, when a Cuckoo looked out of a trap-door in the Palace, and gave note six times, it shook him, each time, like a spectral voice--or like a something wiry, plucking at his legs.
Then, as the gate began to give way amidst the triumphant shouts of the mob, she opened a little trap-door, and said, --
There was also a trap-door in the floor of the principal workroom, the use of which was known to nobody but the doctor and his two privileged men.
The stone stairs leading down into the vaults could be closed at will by a heavy trap-door in the back hall, which we found open.
This is a trap-door which leads out on to the roof.