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On Fri, 05 Sep 2008 17:26:27 UTC Jan answered the Proust Questionnaire:

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Where would you like to live?
Paris would be nice.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Having plenty to read, plenty of time for reading, and reading in the company of my dogs.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Sherlock Holmes, Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennett
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Erasmus of Rotterdam, not necessarily in that order
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Women who work hard, expect much of themselves, and don't make excuses
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
(included in "favorite heroes," above)
Your favorite painter?
Daumier, Manet, Courot
Your favorite musician?
Handel, Brahms
The quality you most admire in a man?
intelligence and humor
The quality you most admire in a woman?
independence, intelligence, and humor
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
reading, gardening
Who would you have liked to be?
I enjoy being the person I am.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
loyalty and reliability
What is your principle defect?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Not to have been surrounded by encouraging, loving people.
What would you like to be?
taller and thinner.
What is your favorite color?
cobalt blue
What is your favorite flower?
daffodils or turk's-cap lilies
What is your favorite bird?
indigo bunting
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Virginia Woolf
Who are your favorite poets?
Thomas Hardy, Wilfred Owen
Who are your heroes in real life?
people who work hard to overcome obstacles
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
What are your favorite names?
William Barry, David, Sadie, Sophie, Pickett, Polly
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
why waste effort in despising dead people?
What event in military history do you most admire?
D-Day Invasion
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
the ability to play the violin well
How would you like to die?
in my sleep, in full possession of my faculties, sometime during my 90s.
What is your present state of mind?
happy and contented
What is your motto?
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

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