l'esprit de l'escalier

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l'esprit de l'escalier

A French phrase meaning "the wit of the staircase"; a perfect witty remark, retort, or rejoinder that occurs to one after the fact or too late to be used. (Also written as "l'esprit d'escalier.") I was on the bus home long after being tongue-lashed by my boss when I thought of the perfect things to say that would take him down a few pegs. Ah, l'esprit de l'escalier!
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Boyd-Bowman acknowledges there is also a strong market in Duchamp pochoirs; in February last year a signed pochoir of Nu descendant un escalier no.
En venant du decumanus au sud, on accedait a cette place par un escalier a quatre degres.
Escudier E, Escalier D, Homasson JP, Pinchon MC, Bernaudin JF.
The brothel interior and the outrageous displays evoke Georg Wilhelm Pabst's films Joyless Street (1925) and Pandora's Box (1929), and Monk's ascent is in the tradition Clovis Trouille illustrates in his painting Escalier de tour: Ce que les surrealistes francais aimaient au cinema en 1930 (Tower Staircase: What French Surrealists Liked about Films in 1930) (1932) based on movie stills, in which a hooded and masked, leotard-clad female figure with bag and torch and diamond drops spouting from her breasts descends from one side of dizzying tower staircases while a tiara-ed topless ballerina on a lower landing, faces a specter with a gold key and prepares to mount another staircase (Teyssier 47).
Il y a la un principe de construction somme toute assez classique, qu'on trouve deja dans Le Negre et l'Amiral : si tout commence et tout finit par l'escalade des "quarante-quatre marches" reliant la ville et l'en-haut, il existe un point median, au "mitan" du livre, ou reapparait cet escalier (Confiant, Le Negre 11, 335).
We wandered around the medieval city center and climbed the 187 hand-carved steps of the Escalier du Roi cisAragon stairway to the sea.
Il possede encore une mansarde, plus jolie, a laquelle on accede par un escalier.
Elle devance son mari, se precipite, gravit le grand escalier, salue Fosca, unique ame du lieu et entre seule dans le salon.
If we return to Bachelard's example of the staircase, we could, depending on the context, interpret the avatar of the "figure on the staircase" as a mythological conceptual persona (the shaman ascending into the realm of the spirits) and an aesthetic figure (expressing an erotic affection--see, for instance, Marcel Duchamp's Nu descendant un escalier no.
A l'entree, le visiteur peut du coup decouvrir un escalier montant vers la salle estivale puis la salle principale.
But Vincent had already begun to make portraits that spoke to his political conception of the genre earlier that summer, and although he generally shipped his paintings to Theo in Paris once they were fully dried, he elected to hold back at least two works that he felt would be appropriate to adorn his work space: a half-length portrait of his friend the postman, Joseph Roulin (Figure 6), and the second portrait of a local peasant, Patience Escalier (Figure 7).
C'est pourquoi nous avons retenu la definition suivante: habitation urbaine, principalement, mais pas uniquement, de type locatif (19), construite avec l'intention de loger plusieurs familles (20), comprenant au moins deux etages, dont au moins trois appartements ont une entree privee donnant sur un couloir, un vestibule, un escalier ou un ascenseur commun a l'interieur (21) et permettant aux locataires d'un appartement de mener une vie a l'ecart des locataires des autres appartements de l'immeuble, en raison de la presence (22) d'une cuisine et d'une salle de bains comprenant une toilette et une baignoire ou une douche (23).
La, il y avait une porte et derriere, un escalier qui montait a la tribune.
Ce rapport etabli entre les deux corps revient dans un slogan souvent repete sous la forme d'un chant et retrouve egalement dans les graffitis : << Avec les os d'Aramburu nous allons construire un escalier pour permettre a notre Evita montonera de descendre du ciel >>.
Bicycle Wheel offered "a comic critique of his own and the Futurists' preoccupations with movement," (17) mocking the failure of his attempts to capture movement on canvas with works such as the various versions of Nu(s) descendant un escalier whose legs on the stairs sometimes resembled the spokes of a wheel.