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On Sun, 18 Nov 12 19:36:01 UTC Flora (69) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
to live without hope
Where would you like to live?
near the roots of my pioneer ancestors - Dundas County, Ontario, Canada
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
at this point in my life, to have a companion with whom to reminisce, travel, and share reading adventuresD
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Don Quixote for his neverending positive attitude; the rabbits in Watership Down for questioning the values of their lifestyle and daring to change it; from Canadian author Margaret Laurence, Morag Gunn, a woman not happy with her lot and daring to grumble
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Flora MacDonald, a former Canadian parliamentarian and ambassador for justice in the world; Margaret Trudeau for living a very open life with undiagnosed bipolar disorder; she lives with her imbalance gracefully and without apology
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
see above under heroes
Your favorite painter?
Renoir; Mark Fletcher (contemporary Cdn)
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
gentleness, intelligence, interest in the arts
The quality you most admire in a woman?
boldness of spirit,
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
reading, writing, researching ancestors
Your most marked characteristic?
I have a tendency to like being alone
What is your principle defect?
not interested in everybody's "story" - can't keep them all in my head
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
for my children or grandchildren to suffer anything (not achievable, I know)
What would you like to be?
a renowned classical singer
What is your favorite color?
Green - it calms me
What is your favorite flower?
gardenia - the only scent that doesn't make me sneeze
What is your favorite bird?
red-winged blackbird, esp. perched on a cattail.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Anne Tyler, Alistair McLeod, Anne-Marie MacDonald, Marian Engel (dec.), Hugh MacLennan
Who are your favorite poets?
Yeats, Wadsworth, Longfellow
Who are your heroes in real life?
my daughters
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
my grandmothers
What are your favorite names?
my own!
What is it you most dislike?
boorish people
What historical figures do you most despise?
What event in military history do you most admire?
the War of 1812 and those who fought to keep Canada whole
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
the gift of a good singing voice, which thankfully I used for most of my life
How would you like to die?
with a few months' warning
What is your present state of mind?
rather flat
What is your motto?
it depends on the day

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