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On Thu, 17 Mar 16 02:20:14 UTC A. Clifford Stowe (81) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being enslaved to masters of your own creations.
Where would you like to live?
Where I am is good enough.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To return to, to relive, to recapture what might have been.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
My own selfish and foolish ways.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Jefferson, Lincoln
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
I can't think of any.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Daisy? Maybe Constance Chatterley
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Dvořák
The quality you most admire in a man?
Loyalty, imagination, decisiveness
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Loyalty, committment
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, walking, being engaged in something productive--no matter how small the task.
Who would you have liked to be?
Myself. I would want to me again, to have a second chance at it all.
Your most marked characteristic?
Overly concerned about everything. Caring a damn about what everyone else thinks.
What do you most value in your friends?
I haven't had a friend since forty. Loyalty, I suppose.
What is your principle defect?
Too independent.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Greatest? Loss of a loved one, someone you love.
What would you like to be?
Happy. I was once. I'd like a little more of what I felt then.
What is your favorite color?
Brown--light, dark, all shades. Brown eyes.
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence
Who are your favorite poets?
Frost, Sandburg
Who are your heroes in real life?
I'm too old for heroes.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
None. I already answered this, didn't I?
What are your favorite names?
I don't have any.
What is it you most dislike?
Needless repetition, poor manners, close-mindedness. Lies--my own included. The mistakes I've made. My regrets.
What historical figures do you most despise?
What event in military history do you most admire?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Artistic ability, to paint beautiful pictures.
How would you like to die?
Seamlessly. To not realize any difference. To think I were just going out to get the morning paper as usual.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
I don't have one.

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