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On Sun, 25 Jul 10 00:58:57 UTC ClaireW (65) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To have failed any of my children.
Where would you like to live?
A small house on a large lot, in a quiet area near a major public library.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be with my children and know that they are all living good lives.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Honest ignorance.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Mystery heroes who suffer depression, remorse over past failings, or misgivings regarding their work.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
People who were enlighted ahead of their time, the Buddha, Gallileo, Darwin ...
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
I honour most those women who sacrifice to repair the harm done to children by men.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Women who are filled with justified rage.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Gentleness, wit.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Fearlessness, intelligence.
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
Your most marked characteristic?
Laughing, talking.
What do you most value in your friends?
Tollerating my neglect of them.
What is your principle defect?
My neglect of friends.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Harm to any of my children.
What would you like to be?
A braver version of who I already am.
What is your favorite color?
Any colour that seems to glow from a flower.
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
The Meadow Lark.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Annie Dillard, James Lee Burke
Who are your favorite poets?
Poetry escapes me, but I love "In Flander's Fields"
Who are your heroes in real life?
My psychologist, my children.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Florence Nightingale, though she must have been dreadful to live with.
What are your favorite names?
Hyphenated French names.
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
The obvious ones: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, 'Doc' Duvalier, Pinochet, all the tyrants.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The British rescue of the Allied troops at Dunkirk.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The courage to become a writer.
How would you like to die?
Without fear.
What is your present state of mind?
Anxious. Lonely.
What is your motto?
The cruelest reality is still kinder than the sweetest delusion.

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