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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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December 13, 2007


Claire, Excellent review--very thought provoking. I love how you've weaved this into a broader context. We surely need to have honest inter-cultural discussions regarding mental illness and the need to remove the stigma from seeking help. Thanks for putting your thoughts out there.

Thank you, Sharon. And thanks for having this party, and encouraging me to read Chang in the first place.

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