"That's truth enough," said an asthmatic voice from the backstairs.
The road to eminence lay by the "backstairs," the atmosphere of which he could not endure.
But I hope one of the results of this war will be the end of backstairs diplomacy.
The backstairs one would not choose; but what other way was there?
We will go to my room by the backstairs, then we sha'n't disturb ...