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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."

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March 16, 2006

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I'm jealous. I've never seen any of Munch's work outside of a book. You're right, even on the page, it's shocking stuff. I'm like you---some of the shock for me is because of the period when he was painting. Compared to the Impressionists and post-Impressionists, his work is startling. But it's also the pain of it. He shows how much life hurts your soul.

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