I take the Proust Questionnaire

Thanks to Janine at Shambolic Living Blog for the inspiration, you can read Janine’s answers HERE.  The Proust Questionnaire is an old parlour game/questionnaire that takes its name from the answers given by French writer Marcel Proust when he played the game back in 1890. It’s become a regular celebrity feature in Vanity Fair magazine. Here’s mine…

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1.What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect company, in beautiful surroundings, with good food, wine, and plenty of time. But the company is the most important part.

2.What is your greatest fear? Anything happening my children

3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Too many tears

4.What is the trait you most deplore in others? Jealousy, weakness, disloyalty, neediness.

5.Which living person do you most admire? My parents

6.What is your greatest extravagance? I’m extravagant in everything possible, time, work, comfort, attention, helping, adoration, love, decoration, food, thought, living

7.What is your current state of mind? Clear and focused, plus disappointment and anger.

8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? All except kindness

9.On what occasion do you lie? I’ve only lied once in my life and only then because I had no choice

10.What do you most dislike about your appearance? That it’s fading

11.Which living person do you most despise? I can’t think of anyone! (Amended – there are a few now, all connected)

12.What is the quality you most like in a man? Wit, brains, and being secure in himself.

13.What is the quality you most like in a woman? Style and brains

14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Trust the process

15.What or who is the greatest love of your life? Life itself

16.When and where were you happiest? My first few years in Dublin, then my honeymoon, and now. The first two for being the most carefree times of my life, now because I am fulfilled, and because it’s now.

17.Which talent would you most like to have? Writing, also singing. 

18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? The need to sleep

19.What do you consider your greatest achievement? Survival, and writing my book

20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? A man, or maybe a wolf, but I hope never to come back. 

21.Where would you most like to live? By the sea

22.What is your most treasured possession? My mind

23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? A cold house, I’ve known a few, that and what my family and I have been put through these past five years.

24.What is your favorite occupation? Thinking, talking, and writing.

25.What is your most marked characteristic? Hard for me to say, intensity perhaps!

26.What do you most value in your friends? Good conversation and loyalty.

27.Who are your favorite writers? Hemingway, May Sarton, Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, many others, too many to mention

28.Who is your hero of fiction? The women in my book, Honor especially.

29.Which historical figure do you most identify with? Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary, the Mitford girls, and Jack London.

30.Who are your heroes in real life? I don’t think I have any, I admire anyone kind, brave, irreverent, and real. 

31.What are your favorite names?  The names of anyone I love

32.What is it that you most dislike? Injustice, moths, ugly spaces, routine, and the night

33.What is your greatest regret? Moving back to live here and then trying to do something good in the community. These and missing out on Guns’N’Roses at Slane in 1992 

34.How would you like to die? Very old and very with it

35.What is your motto? Do or do not, there is no try

That was fun! I love questions! I always enjoyed interviews too. I think it’s because I like to compete with myself. But now it’s over to you! Have a go and share your answers/blog link if you have one, in comments here, and on Shambolic Living. Have a great day xo Jane

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