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On Sun, 05 Oct 14 23:17:37 UTC Ellen Fitzpatrick (61) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Forgetting that all things change
Where would you like to live?
Where names are known and touch is exchanged
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To think of one whom I know is thinking of me
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Bitterness engendered by loneliness
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Hosea, and the one I am discovering at any given moment
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Jacqueline Kennedy, Gertrude Stein, St. Therese of Lisieux
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Kate Millett, Renee Fleming, my sister Susan Boehlert
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Glencora Palliser, Gunter Grass's women in "The Flounder"
Your favorite painter?
John Singer Sargent because he gives me people
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Nobility, kindness in strength, stillness, a seeking mind, a sense of the ridiculous
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Nobility, kindness in strength, stillness, a seeking mind, a sense of the ridiculous
Your favorite virtue?
Humility in the face of truth and genius
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, having written, loving, cooking food for someone I love
Who would you have liked to be?
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
Love reflected in their eyes
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
When it happens, I will know
What would you like to be?
Dancing the dying swan in Swan Lake
What is your favorite color?
The red of my lipstick drawing close to my lover's lips
What is your favorite flower?
The peony
What is your favorite bird?
The bird closest to me at any moment, the bird in my line of sight
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Trollope, Dickens, Cheever, Wilder, Updike, Bellow, Eliot
Who are your favorite poets?
Creeley, Auden, Elliot
Who are your heroes in real life?
They keep dying.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Lillian Hellman, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt
What are your favorite names?
Names I whisper in the dark
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
They are dead, it is enough.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The freeing of prisoners anywhere.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To be of comfort.
How would you like to die?
By my own hand.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
It's a great life if you don't weaken.

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