Thursday, July 19, 2007

Proust questionnaire #1.

Return of the insomnia..
I suppose I have too much time in my hands so I indulged myself to answering the questions Proust was asked when he was 13. I might have answered them incorrectly as the questions intended. I think nobody actually updated those questions to current-English so if that were true, those were 1884's English there. (The questions, I mean.)
  1. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Constantly feeling dissatisfied. To want something so badly, realizing that it is possible as long as you have the will to work for it and yet let your mind tell you that positive thinking would only get you so far and that you cannot count out your luck.. or fate.

  2. Where would you like to live?
    I have a rather direct answer to this: somewhere in Britain. Just outside the city.

  3. What is your idea of earthly happiness?
    To laugh, and truly laugh. One moment without a mere worry thought.

  4. To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
    Meaningless conversations.

  5. Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
    I wish I had a silly-yet-smart answer to this but my first answer would be the X-Men. My second answer would be Robert Langdon.

  6. Who are your favorite characters in history?
    Morrie Schwartz. Of course, he was an actual person but I only knew him as a character from a book.

  7. Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
    Jane Austen and Joanne Rowling; both names started with a "J" -- strictly coincidental. Maybe you'll be more strong-willed if your name had started with a "J", yeah?

  8. Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
    Elizabeth Bennet.

  9. Your favorite painter?
    None, unfortunately. I wasn't endowed with the talent to appreciate paintings -- nor sculptures.

  10. Your favorite musician?
    Currently, James Morrison.

  11. The quality you most admire in a man?
    His charm, confidence, and wit.

  12. The quality you most admire in a woman?
    Her ability to make up her mind.

  13. Your favorite virtue?
    Wisdom.

  14. Your favorite occupation? back then, this means "things to do"
    Writing, reading, thinking in the lines of philosophy.

  15. Who would you have liked to be?
    Somebody who isn't a mere blip in the world. To be somebody who had made an impact to a single person at least. Somebody who leaves something good behind when she's gone.. and missed when that happens.
Maybe in 7 years I'll do the second questionnaire.
You can read Proust's answers here. Bear in mind that he was thirteen.

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