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On Sat, 05 Nov 11 04:55:03 UTC Harold E. Leighton (37) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Misunderstood grief. The murky, gloaming of a suffering wrought by fellow humans--intending only to inflict temporary pain.
Where would you like to live?
London, or the countryside--wrapped up in stupid bliss with my family around me.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Laughing. Learning, writing... being connected with friends and loved ones... Drinking tea, reading books, and having good music, always.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Solitude and the prattle of characters, while life writes itself outside my door.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Hester Prynne, Tess Durbyfield (if such a girl can be a heroine), and Cathy Earnshaw. I never much cared for Achilles, but Hector I did like.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Elizabeth I, Caesar Augustus, Artemesia Gentileshi, Benjamin Franklin, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey. My mother, always my mother.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Oh, see above. I seem to take a dislike to heroes and have more fictional heroines.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Damon Albarn.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence and grace.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Truth-telling, but not to the point conversations remind me of blunt instruments.
Your favorite virtue?
Faithfulness, not as a guilt-filled obligation but rather a pleasant, simple act echoing in the universe.
Your favorite occupation?
Writing, dreaming, laughing like a madwoman.
Who would you have liked to be?
Jesus Christ, thankyouverymuch.
Your most marked characteristic?
A desire for a beautiful, solid relationship. Deep, abiding love.
What do you most value in your friends?
Acceptance and the ability to trust.
What is your principle defect?
The desire for power; a need for attention.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Not having been brought up in the Bible Belt... ah, a pandora's box the Baptist church has been to me. I owe them for leading me to Judaism, among other things unmentionable here.
What would you like to be?
Just myself. I'm old enough to like the old girl, thank you.
What is your favorite color?
Orange looks so poorly on me, but I do love it for its voice.
What is your favorite flower?
Rambling, fat old rose bushes.
What is your favorite bird?
Big black crows, always preening and cawing outside my windows.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
No one immediate or popular, probably. Vernon Lee, Isak Dinesen.
Who are your favorite poets?
Ted Hughes, T.S. Eliot
Who are your heroes in real life?
H.H. the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, Barack H. Obama.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Artemesia Gentleshi, Joan of Arc, Harriet Tubman
What are your favorite names?
What is it you most dislike?
Knowing that quite often people are hell, and yet my frequent failure to circumvent their central heating apparatus.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Hitler and the S.S.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The health and knowledge necessary to live a long, full life.
How would you like to die?
In bed, at an advanced age, with my faculties and physical body only worn out, not destroyed. Best--with my family near, able to say goodbye.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
Live, Love, Laugh. Yes--trite but true.

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