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On Wed, 10 Jun 2009 21:22:25 UTC Ashley Meller (26) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be separated from my passions.
Where would you like to live?
In a place where people believe in the inherent goodness of the other.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
The warm, golden light of a summer sunset, and a lover with whom to share the view.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To envy.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those who end their journey with more questions than answers.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Churchill, Castro, Elizabeth the 1st, Oscar Wilde.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Amelia Earhart, Annie Oakley, Miriam Makeba: women who embraced their power, whether it was considered "proper" or not.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Elizabeth Bennett, who saw life as one great opportunity to find real love.
Your favorite painter?
Jack B. Yeats
Your favorite musician?
The Rolling Stones
The quality you most admire in a man?
Kindness, morality, humour, humility.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Ambition, forgiveness, generosity, ease of self.
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Travelling, seeking, reading, giving pleasure.
Who would you have liked to be?
I'm not yet sure I even fully know who I am.
Your most marked characteristic?
A deeply rooted sense of adventure and propensity for becoming bored easily.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Laziness, pure and simple.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To settle for what's easy or expected instead of risking everything in pursuit of greatness.
What would you like to be?
A woman of some importance, to whomever.
What is your favorite color?
The nameless shade of nostalgic memories in my mind.
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
One that sings sweetly, and not too early in the morning.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Laurence Sterne, Michael Ondatje, Mark Lord.
Who are your favorite poets?
Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Bishop, Jeanette Armstrong
Who are your heroes in real life?
Don Kugler, Mark Lord
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
What are your favorite names?
What is it you most dislike?
Intolerance, my own insecurities, easy answers.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, all of the churches.
What event in military history do you most admire?
None. It all seems like imperialism to me.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Wit or charm.
How would you like to die?
Painlessly, I hope.
What is your present state of mind?
Worried at now having wasted an hour in filling out this questionnaire and having neglected my work.
What is your motto?
I ordain myself from this hour loos'd of all limits and imaginary lines.

Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada


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