Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Can You Help?

This question was recently submitted to the Robert Benchley Society. Can anyone help answer it?
"Many years ago I read a wonderful story by Benchley in which he talks about all the clever things he wished he had said to someone at the time, but only thought of later, after his opportunity to say them had passed. Even though I have looked through all of the titles we have here by Benchley, I haven't been able to find that story. Every once in awhile I try again, to no avail.

"Best regards,
M.H."

4 comments:

Kim Goldsworthy said...

If you are thinking about Benchley's daydream of how he woulda, coulda, shoulda answered questions put to him, that that sounds very similar "The Witness" (1942).

Dave Jaffe said...

This sounds awfully like James Thurber’s “The Case for the Daydreamers” in which Thurber, seeking a pass to attend a dog show for an article he’s writing, is thwarted by the event’s rude Mr. Bustard. Although denied free entry, Thurber spends the rest of the day imagining the biting retorts he might have said to Bustard – daydreams so satisfying that Thurber eventually feels sorry for Bustard and the verbal shellacking he might have received. dj

Robert G. Ferrell said...

I agree with Dave. It sounds like Thurber.

Dave Jaffe said...

Thanks, Robert. I appreciate when anyone agrees with me. About anything. Ever!

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