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On Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:41:32 UTC Caroline (25) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To love no one
Where would you like to live?
19th century Russia, as long as I were a member of the aristocracy
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To have nothing to be ashamed of, and to be surrounded by people I admire.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To the faults that lonely people develop by trying to fight against their solitude
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Daniel D'Arthez, Michel Chrestien, the whole cenacle of Balzac
Who are your favorite characters in history?
The sainly artists and sassy saints: Michelangelo, Raphael Sanzio, Teresa of Avila, Francis of Asissi
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Any woman who manages to both love and be happy
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Jane Eyre
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Self-control, integrity.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Empathy and intelligent compassion
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Writing fiction
Who would you have liked to be?
I would have made a good operatic mezzo-soprano
Your most marked characteristic?
Determination to be happy despite everything.
What do you most value in your friends?
An honest heart and a good sense of humor
What is your principle defect?
A high opinion of myself and of my own judgments of others.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To honestly believe that there was not one earthly reason why I existed.
What would you like to be?
A cellist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
What is your favorite color?
Any color that's full of light.
What is your favorite flower?
Glass ones, jewel ones, ones that last forever.
What is your favorite bird?
I don' t like birds.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Dostoyevsky, Balzac, Proust, Mauriac
Who are your favorite poets?
Ezra Pound
Who are your heroes in real life?
Any man who manages to be a good man today; my grandfather.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Mary Magdalene
What are your favorite names?
Sophia and Dmitri
What is it you most dislike?
Being wrong
What historical figures do you most despise?
The obvious ones.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Treaties of all sorts.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Beauty will save the world

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