Here is the second in our little Proust Questionnaire series. I persuaded Marion to participate and she chose a lovely shakudo piece (no surprise there, Marion loves shakudo) but decided to answer the questionnaire from her personal point of view. If you recall, Lindsay answered the questions with inspiration from the necklace. Marion declared that she is too practical for such shenanigans but I think her answers indicate a fertile imagination.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Wandering in nature.
What is your current state of mind?
What is your greatest fear?
Holy mackerel! Having a stroke.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Interrupting people when they are talking.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Buying a BMW for my husband as a gift without his knowledge.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
What is it that you most dislike?
On what occasion do you lie?
It is never okay to lie.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
The veins in my legs.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
In a woman?
Grace. When I say grace, I mean, not competing; a lack of jealousy.
In your friends?
What is your favorite occupation?
Doing what I do.
What is your favorite color?
The colors of nature.
Your favorite flower?
Snowdrops. They represent hope and beginnings.
Your favorite author?
Your favorite poem?
Daffodils by Wordsworth, Morte d’Arthur by Tennyson, and Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
Your favorite hero/heroine?
Viola from Twelfth Night.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Probably swear words.
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Queen Elizabeth the First.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Which living person do you most admire?
I don’t know.
When and where were you happiest?
Playing on the beach with my children.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising a family obviously.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what do you think it would be?
A tropical island in the Pacific.
If you could change one thing about your family what would it be?
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having no friends.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I don’t think I admire anyone in particular.
What is your chief characteristic?
What is your favorite name?
What an American concept!
What is your motto?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
What is your greatest regret?
I’d like to think that I don’t have any.
How would you like to die?
Painlessly and unaware.