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On Thu, 29 Oct 2009 04:48:25 UTC Elena answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
In Melbourne. If not, Byron Bay or somewhere exotic like Florence
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
being absorbed in a book to the point that I'm switched off to my surroundings
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To insecurity
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
The Master from The Master & Margarita; Mr Darcy and Mr Rochester, neither of whom need an explanation
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Writers I admire: Bronte, Austen, Bulgakov.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
The women who surround me in my immediate family as well as the Bloom ladies (www.bloomasia.org)
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Jo from Little Women, Antje Strubel (she's not fiction but she writes it!) Alice.
Your favorite painter?
Don't really think I know enough about painters to answer this one
Your favorite musician?
TOO hard. Right this second
The quality you most admire in a man?
Ability to laugh at himself.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Excellent articulation
Your favorite virtue?
Patience, because I don't have it.
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
A musician
Your most marked characteristic?
Inability to keep my mouth shut.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty with honesty
What is your principle defect?
Procrastination, snobbery, flightiness.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To be deprived of music and literature and humour.
What would you like to be?
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Sadly, the beauty of flowers is lost on me.
What is your favorite bird?
Birds scare me.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll
Who are your favorite poets?
I don't read much poetry but I like Frost and Dickinson at the moment
Who are your heroes in real life?
My favourite writers.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Queen Elizabeth.
What are your favorite names?
I like the names of my favourite characters. Like Alice.
What is it you most dislike?
People who don't reach my expectations (and I'm no exception)
What historical figures do you most despise?
Is Rupert Murdoch a historical figure?
What event in military history do you most admire?
I don't admire it at all, but am most fascinated by the Brisbane Line drawn across the country during World War II as the Japanese made their way ever closer.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Social skills!
How would you like to die?
Quickly and nobly.
What is your present state of mind?
Frustration because I can see Proust's answers as I write this and it's hard not to be influenced by this.
What is your motto?
Everything popular is wrong. -Oscar Wilde


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