The Proust Questionnaire is a small passion of mine. If you would like to answer and have your response shared on the Update, please copy and paste the questions below and provide your own, short but thoughtful quips. When finished, email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a very short biography about yourself. I will let you know via email when your post is going to be up. Cheers!
(The answers here are the original replies from Marcel Proust, the very first time he took the questionnaire. Read them, but please delete from your own final draft)
- What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be separated from Mama
- Where would you like to live?
In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
- What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater
- To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
To a life deprived of the works of genius
- Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
- Who are your favorite characters in history?
A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
- Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
- Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
- Your favorite painter?
- Your favorite musician?
- The quality you most admire in a man?
Intelligence, moral sense
- The quality you most admire in a woman?
Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
- Your favorite virtue?
All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
- Your favorite occupation?
Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
- Who would you have liked to be?
Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.