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Here is one story retold, albeit with a pithier ending:
YOU ARE FREE
What happened: After losing my job, my wife and another friend who are employed by the same company decided to start a small flea market business to run on weekends when they're off. As business was good, I suggested to my wife and her friend that perhaps we should lease a shop space somewhere on a full time basis. Knowing that I was currently out of a job, this friend of my wife's retorted, "Sure, why dont you take care of the shop then since you are so free!"
What I said: I said, "Well we could hire a sales-assistant if we were serious about the business".
What I SHOULD have said: "You'd probably do better running the business than what you're doing now".
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!