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On Fri, 26 Aug 16 00:28:05 UTC Adrian Winters (17) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What I am feeling today.
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere happy and away from this orphanage.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Of when I was 8, and my father took me to the fair where we watched men dancing on trapezes, their bodies swaying back and forth without collision.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
My hatred of people and my ability to find ways to avoid conversing with them.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
I've always been fond of The Hatter or Cheshire Cat, the latter because of his ability to disappear. I would like to disappear.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Gregor Mendel because of his conviction in his ideas on genetics despite the world shutting him out and Albert Camus.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
I'm not much of a fan in the way of women, but if I had to choose I would likely pick Jan, the nurse who treated my father. Even though she gave me the worst news imaginable, she was also very kind and lighthearted despite the dark edges of her job.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and her ability to find sanity in madness.
Your favorite painter?
Theodore Gericault
Your favorite musician?
No one in the world has ever entirely created beauty out of sadness the way that Ludwig van Beethoven could.
The quality you most admire in a man?
The strength of character and the ability to live a black and white model, while also seeing the grays and understanding mistakes.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
The women that are strong enough to withstand the need to prattle on and gossip about one another.
Your favorite virtue?
At times I would say my intelligence in school, although it is difficult always to find something good about myself.
Your favorite occupation?
I enjoy working assisting at the morgue. I think I would like to get a doctorate, if possible.
Who would you have liked to be?
Anyone but who I am.
Your most marked characteristic?
My depressed nature and aloofness.
What do you most value in your friends?
The escape they allow me from my dark thoughts.
What is your principle defect?
My greatest problem is being unable to move on from the past.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Losing my father even earlier in life, though I find this current state to be horrible enough.
What would you like to be?
Again, anyone else.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Lilies, though I do not care to pick flowers. Why take them from their home?
What is your favorite bird?
The crow.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Lewis Carroll and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.
Who are your favorite poets?
Dylan Thomas in "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night" and Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."
Who are your heroes in real life?
My father.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Sylvia Plath.
What are your favorite names?
My own and William.
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
Elizabeth Bathory, Delphine Lallaurie, and Jane Toppan.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The forming of the barricade during the French Revolution.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
I would like to be one of those people who never seem unhappy.
How would you like to die?
Peaceful and without pain.
What is your present state of mind?
I don't want to try anymore.
What is your motto?
Silence is Golden.

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