Sunday, 26 May 2013

Proust Questionnaire, Spring 2013

  • Your most marked characteristic? Authenticity.
  • The quality you most like in a man? Kindness.
  • The quality you most like in a woman? Sincerity and strength.
  • What do you most value in your friends? Solidarity - making time for each other even when you cannot afford to.
  • What is your principle defect? Trusting people too easily.
  • What is your favorite occupation? Cycling and running.
  • What is your dream of happiness? Grass, picnic, in loved one's arms.
  • What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? Chronic dissatisfaction with life, but unwilling to make changes.
  • What would you like to be? Doctor/Writer/Mother.
  • In what country would you like to live? West country.
  • What is your favorite colour? Blue.
  • What is your favorite flower? Peonies.
  • What is your favorite bird? Black bird.
  • Who are your favorite prose writers? Patti Smith, (travel writings)
  • Who are your favorite poets? Hughes, e e cummings, T.S. Eliot
  • Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Lucky Jim.
  • Who are your favorite heroines of fiction? Christine (in Lucky Jim)
  • Who are your favorite composers? Wagner, Beethoven, Bach.
  • Who are your favorite painters? Van Gogh, Modigliani, Picasso.
  • Who are your heroes in real life? My mum!
  • Who are your favorite heroines of history? Queen Victoria.
  • What are your favorite names? Lily, Rose, Clementine.
  • What is it you most dislike? Vileness.
  • What historical figures do you most despise? The silly Chinese kings throughout the dynasties.
  • What event in military history do you most admire? I need to know more on this...
  • What reform do you most admire? NHS (60 years ago)
  • What natural gift would you most like to possess? Being able to do jazz improvisation, and suture perfectly.
  • How would you like to die? Quietly.
  • What is your present state of mind? VERY EXCITED
  • To what faults do you feel most indulgent? Frivolity - the love for the most trivial things. Boys.
  • What is your motto? 'Trust your heart (if the sea catches fire) and live by love (though the stars walk backward)'

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