steep little closes

Gabriel Aparta

Senior Member
Español - Venezuela
Hi, please, from Dracula by Bram Stoker:

Fortune favoured us, and we got home without meeting a soul. Once we saw a man, who seemed not quite sober, passing along a street in front of us. But we hid in a door till he had disappeared up an opening such as there are here, steep little closes, or 'wynds', as they call them in Scotland.

In this part of the book two girls are trying to get home in the middle of the night without being seen. Now, I'm not quite sure if this definition must be the correct (they are in Whitby):
  • a narrow entry or alley terminating in a dead end.
What do you think? It wouldn't make sense since first the book talks of an opening, not a dead alley.

  • srk

    Senior Member
    English - US
    A wynd is also a passage according to OED:
    1. A narrow street or passage turning off from a main thoroughfare; a narrow cross-street; a lane or alley: a.1.a In Scotland (and northern England).

    The opening must be the entrance to the passageway.
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