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On Wed, 13 Jan 16 11:44:49 UTC Bernard Hartley (18) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Betrayal or separation- both equally
Where would you like to live?
Wherever my Ideal lives
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To not be separated from the one I love, and to be surrounded by music, literature and art
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To self-blame, and milk chocolate
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
The ones who remained faithful
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Mozart, Alexander the Great, Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, King Richard the 1st, and Jesus Christ.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My heart's delight, and any women who acknowledges the beauty of art, without confusing it with reality
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
The women who have loved passionately, lived dazzlingly, and reciprocated faithfulness when it is necessary
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Moral honesty, logic
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Spontaneity, tenderness, intelligence
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Writing, listening to music and kissing
Who would you have liked to be?
A better person
Your most marked characteristic?
A desire for feminine consolation and a need for witty conversation
What do you most value in your friends?
Understanding, good conversation and steadfastness
What is your principle defect?
A paradox of pride and self-loathing
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To never have been born
What would you like to be?
A saint
What is your favorite color?
It sometimes changes when I see something beautiful- most often a royal blue
What is your favorite flower?
A perfumed rose- or any flower She wears
What is your favorite bird?
The Eagle or the Swan
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Wilde, Tolstoy, Dickens, Austen, Saki and Wodehouse
Who are your favorite poets?
Tennyson, Keats, Chesterton and Lear
Who are your heroes in real life?
All who argue constructively, along with various artists
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, Mother Teresa, Mary Queen of Scots, Helen Keller, Mary Mother of Jesus, Queen Esther and any others who had true courage and conviction
What are your favorite names?
Madeleine, Estelle
What is it you most dislike?
The reality of the past
What historical figures do you most despise?
I never knew them
What event in military history do you most admire?
Any act of chivalry toward the innocent
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Perfect control of will
How would you like to die?
With an honest soul, a settled mind, well-grown children to gift me tears and prayers, and loving arms to support my head
What is your present state of mind?
Slightly panicked by the lack of time before half the day has passed
What is your motto?
"Translucent to my heart's delight, clouded to the common throng"

I am a self-confessed poet and author who adopts the name Bernard Hartley when putting text to an empty space. I dabble in music and laughter, and display a large appetite for romance. I infest the south of England, although often spreading, like Dracula, in search of fresh material to dine upon. One can only wonder what time shall reveal of me to posterity when I'm gone: Probably a few sheets of paper, floating gently in a forgotten room.

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