April 12, 2011

Proust Questionaire

Some place in England where I'd like to live someday. (from National Geographic)
  
I've always wanted to do one of these Proust Questionaires. So, here we go:  

- What is your most marked characteristic? Enthusiasm.
- What is the quality you most like in a man? Generosity.
- What is the quality you most like in a woman? Humor and pluck.
- What do you most value in your friends? Ah.  There is no one word: their courage and generosity and genuine sense of self and encouragement of one another, that they are always ready to catch you, walk with you, push you for your betterment, and constantly inspire and amaze.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Laziness and forgetfulness.
- What is your favorite occupation? Cooking for friends and family.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Sitting in the sun, sharing a meal, with friends and family.
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Not having a home.
- In which country would you like to live? England.
- Who are your favorite writers? Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, C.S. Lewis, Augustine, Muriel Spark, E. B. White, Toon Tellengren.
- Who are your favorite poets? Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, Sigfried Sassoon, John Donne, G.M. Hopkins, Ogden Nash.
- Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Odysseus.
- Who is your favorite heroine of fiction? Emma.
- Who are your favorite composers? Monteverdi, Dvorak, Gershwin.
- Who are your favorite painters? Fra Angelico, Whistler, Vermeer, Matisse, Giotto.
- What are your favorite names? Peter, Jack, Stephen, Thomas, Anna, Sarah, and Catherine.
- What is it that you most dislike? politics, a lack of curiosity, and those cold grey days when it isn't actually raining or snowing or being useful and weathery.
- Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could play an instrument and speak another language and be able to save money.
- How would you like to die? In a state of Grace.
- What is your current state of mind? Weary, uninspired, and ready for Easter (not because I am prepared but because I need it so badly!)
- What is your motto? "To live will be an awfully big adventure." (From the stage directions of the original play Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie)

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