Happy Birthday Mr Proust


How better to celebrate then filling in his famous questionnaire that is still in use regularly in Vanity Fair. As they will probably never ask me to fill it in, I volunteer on my blog 😉


What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Reading and being in love.

What is your greatest fear?
Math and losing loved ones.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Pippi Longstocking and my Granny.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What is your greatest extravagance?
Taking taxis.

On what occasion do you lie?
I hate lying but would do to save someone from harm.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I would like to be taller.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“It is important to find the balance …”

What is your greatest regret?
I shouldn’t have let my Granny go to the old folks home.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

When and where were you happiest?
Now and here.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Be able to draw and write really well.

What is your current state of mind?
Happy but a bit too much work at present.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be 25 again and knowing what I know now.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I would like my Granny to be alive.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Me again.

What is your most treasured possession?
Our home.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Where would you like to live?
Where I live now and in London.

What is your favorite occupation?

What is the quality you most like in a man?
same as in a woman: kindness and an open mind

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
see above.

What do you most value in your friends?

Who are your favorite writers?
Haruki Murakami, Simone de Beauvoir

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Pippi Longstocking.

Who are your heroes in real life?
People who overcome difficulties and help others.

What is it that you most dislike?

How would you like to die?
At a great age in my sleep.

What is your motto?
Not the same for all but the right thing for everybody.

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