assommoir

assommoir

A gallery built over a door or passage of a fortified place, from which stones and heavy objects could be hurled down on the enemy.
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He did not fall to his own personal Assommoir alone.
Apparently there used to be many picnics on top, people cavorting and in something out of Zola's Assommoir, sitting with feet perilously twiddling over the abyss, flinging down cigarettes and stones.
The thick volumes vary in their merit, but such works as L ' Assommoir, Nana,