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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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May 29, 2008


When you're in Ireland, read Anne Enright's The Gathering. Won the Booker Prize last year (I think it was last year), and while slightly downcast, it's downcast in a *very* Irish way.

I'll think on this some more and let you know if I come up with anything else.

Traveling mercies (and writing mercies) to you...

I've been reading A Break of Snow and Ashes this summer, which is the last book in the Outlander series. I love it. If you haven't read them, I suggest trying one. I'm reading the last first, but I've enjoyed it so much, I plan to go back and read them all. From the last, I get the impression some of the earlier ones take place in Scotland. (They are loooong books, by the way.)

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