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Here is one story retold, albeit with a pithier ending:
Stop Shoulding On Yourself (props to Albert Ellis)
What happened: Any situation in which you didn't say what you later wished you had said.
What I said: Anything you said that you wished you hadn't, or wished you had said more articulately, or wished you had said instead.
What I SHOULD have said: Rather than berate yourself for not saying what you wished you had, just go back and say it! It's not over 'til YOU say it's over.
The French call it l'esprit d'escalier, "the wit of the staircase," those biting ripostes that are thought of just seconds too late, on the way out of the room-or even, to tell the truth, days later. It's happened to you: you've suddenly thought of just what would put your foe in his or her place, but past the time when the arrow could sting its victim. You've stewed in your own juice ever since, and the chance for singeing repartee is gone forever.
Or is it?
Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde may have had the rapier wit to tweak their tormentors on the spot, but for the rest of us, we offer the Internet's only L'esprit d'escalier web site!