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On Mon, 09 Aug 10 20:43:35 UTC Allison Jean (21) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be in the complete control of someone who despises me
Where would you like to live?
Brauron, Greece (outside of Athens)
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live in a house by the ocean, with family and friends around me
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Insecurities about one's intelligence and physical appearance
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Hector, Aeneas, Achilles, Jay Gatsby
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Themistocles, Alexander the Great, Augustus
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother and Adele Scafuro, both women of outstanding intellect and character
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Andromache, Dido, Tess Durbeyfield, Jane Eyre
Your favorite painter?
Gustav Klimt
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, bravery
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, understanding, endurance
Your favorite virtue?
Endurance at every level
Your favorite occupation?
Dreaming, writing, watching movies, translating Greek and Latin
Who would you have liked to be?
A great general or leader, preferably Themistocles or Patton.
Your most marked characteristic?
My intelligence and my need to be perceived as intelligent, fortunately and unfortunately.
What do you most value in your friends?
Understanding and love
What is your principle defect?
Lack of self-confidence
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To never have read Greek literature or history
What would you like to be?
a teacher of beauty
What is your favorite color?
Green on certain days; yellow on others.
What is your favorite flower?
Bleeding hearts
What is your favorite bird?
The nightingale
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Charlotte Bronte and Jeffrey Eugenides
Who are your favorite poets?
John Keats and Sylvia Plath
Who are your heroes in real life?
My father and brother, and Charles Fornara, the most wonderful professor
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Neiara (Pericles' mistress), Livia (wife of Augustus)
What are your favorite names?
Adele and Castor
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
The Phocians, who melted down the treasures of Delphi during one of the Sacred Wars
What event in military history do you most admire?
The Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To be able to sing
How would you like to die?
Quietly, in bed, surrounded by loved ones
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Live to achieve

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