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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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September 27, 2007


i love when books transport you... this sounds like a lovely one

[thanks for your kind comment about my photos!]

oh yes, i loved this post! i am noting the name of that book right now.

Wow. This sounds like something I need to read.

(Hi! I'm writing this from Duncan's apartment! Anna's wedding is tomorrow, so I came up for the weekend.)

You're always on to something interesting, and to me at least, Claire, new--never heard of.
Not that I would imagine I knew so much or had read so much, but still, you're an original woman, with a fresh take. And, I'm here to challenge anyone who thinks otherwise.

Oh, thank you Kathleen, that means a lot, truly. Also, I think you would like the book. It's wonderful storytelling.

Thanks, Lisa and Meg!

And, Kristen! I wish I was in Chicago so I could see you! Give my love to everyone!

Sounds like a great read...I know someone who would really enjoy this book! Thanks.

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