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She had run up in her bedgown to his door to call him as usual; then had gone back to dress and call the others; and in ten minutes was walking to the head of the stairs with the candle in her hand.
He found them at the head of the stairs in conference with Mrs. Aceworthy, a formidable figure in mottled flannel, which she drew unhappily about her when she saw Alleyn.
Just then, a clatter at the head of the stairs announced the arrival of Madame Dort, genius of malaises and melancholia.
Chuff-chuff, chuff-chuff — the engine, moving backward behind the car on this return run down the single track, was picking up speed, the conductor at the back of the car slamming the back-platform gate closed, and the second cop's helmet rose into sight at the head of the stairs we were racing toward.
In the hall on my way to the head of the stairs I passed Augusta's room.