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On Sat, 03 Oct 2009 23:02:53 UTC Jackie answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Never to talk to my parents again.
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere friendly but smart, diverse but coherent, with seasons that change.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To have "five good friends," and someone who will hug me from time to time, or pat me on the head and say, "Poor poor thing."
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Laziness and irritation
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Cyrano de Bergerac, Athos, Francis Crawford of Lymond, Frederick Garland, Batman, Leo McGarry
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Prince Consort Albert, Lewis and Clark, The Cambridge Spies
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Beth, Gramie, Coretta Scott King, Dorothy Dunnett
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Dido Twite, CJ Cregg, Nora Charles
Your favorite painter?
Vincent Van Gogh
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, writing, watching.
Who would you have liked to be?
No one but myself.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
An unwillingness to put myself forward.
What would you like to be?
A writer.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Dorothy Dunnett, Joan Aiken, Raymond Chandler, Paul Scott, John Banville, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens
Who are your favorite poets?
Lord Byron, James Merrill, Walt Whitman, Edward Gorey
Who are your heroes in real life?
Roger Ebert, Cleve Jones, Uncle Jim, Alan Bennett
What are your favorite names?
Agnes, Simon, Paul, Elizabeth
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
The usual lineup of mass murderers
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
Of old age.
What is your present state of mind?
Contemplative, of course.
What is your motto?
The mark of a successful life is having more moments your proud of than moments you feel you have failed.

Completed 10/3/09 at my desk at school.

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