So, I thought some of you might enjoy doing the Proust Questionnaire, a pre-internet online quiz. Below I give the questions and then mine and Proust's answers. 1. The principal aspect of my personality: Proust: The need to be loved; more precisely, the need to be caressed and spoiled much more than the need to be admired RT: Introverted intuition as it relates to narrative creation. Even as a child I told the stories my siblings used to create games. 2. The quality that I desire in a man: Proust: Feminine charm RT: I can’t best Proust’s answer. 3. The quality that I desire in a woman: Proust: Manly virtues, and the union of friendship. RT: See above. 4. What I appreciate most about my friends: Proust: To have tenderness for me, if their personage is exquisite enough to render quite high the price of their tenderness RT: Exploring associative ideas in quick succession during long conversations that feel too short. 5. My main fault: Proust: Not knowing, not being able to "want". RT: Not seeing the trees for the forest. 6. My favourite occupation: Proust: Loving. RT: Spontaneously writing a story. 7. My dream of happiness: Proust: I am afraid it be not great enough, I dare not speak it, I am afraid of destroying it by speaking it. RT: Being part of a story that is larger than me. 8. What would be my greatest misfortune? Proust: Not to have known my mother or my grandmother. RT: Being stuck in highly alienated, team-based work without any social function. 9. What I should like to be: Proust: Myself, as the people whom I admire would like me to be. RT: A stoic sage. 10.The country where I should like to live: Proust: A country where certain things that I should like would come true as though by magic, and where tenderness would always be reciprocated RT: The ultimate nowhere, utopia. 11.My favourite colour: Proust: The beauty is not in the colours, but in their harmony. RT: Blue 12.The flower that I like: Proust: Hers/His - and after, all of them. RT: Nelumbo nuciferia 13.My favourite bird: Proust: The swallow. RT: Great white heron 14.My favourite prose authors: Proust: Currently, Anatole France and Pierre Loti. RT: Besides Proust, Thomas More, Ágota Kristóf, Ursula K. Le Guin, etc. 15.My favourite poets: Proust: Baudelaire and Alfred de Vigny. RT: Rumi, William Blake, Charles Simic, Fernando Pessoa, Christina Rossetti, too many. 16.My heroes in fiction: Proust: Hamlet. RT: Prince Myshkin, Uchiha Itachi, Gwynplaine, Matsugae Kiyoaki, Arkady Bogdanov, Orlando, Loki, far too many. 17.My favourite heroines in fiction: Proust: Bérénice. RT: Antigone, Hiroko Ai, Lyra Belacqua, Artemis, Lusheeta Toel Ur Laputa, Orlando, Loki, far too many 18.My favourite composers: Proust: Beethoven, Wagner, Schumann. RT: Ruggero Leoncavallo, Richard Wagner, Johann Sebastian Bach.