I don’t generally enjoy doing character questionnaires. I very rarely feel like I know the characters any better after I’m through with them. So I’ve decided to answer the Proust Questionnaire myself, and see if I feel differently about character questionnaire’s at the end.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
B: Good humour
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
B: Good humour
What do you most value in your friends?
B: Good conversation and companionable silence
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is your favourite occupation?
B: Looking at his, I feel like this is actually asking what your favourite thing to do is, not your favourite job/career. In which case, cuddling with puppies.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
B: Writing in a pillow fort that I’ve built in my living room.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
B: Having no drive to do anything.
In which country would you like to live?
B: Anywhere people I love are.
Who are your favourite writers?
B: Jorge Luis Borges, Robin Hobb, Rick Riordan, Allen Bradley, Brent Weeks, Gillian Flynn
Who are your favourite poets?
B: Lorca, Cavafy, Dawn, H.D., Cohen
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
B: Roland Deschain
Who is your favourite heroine of fiction?
B: The Paperbag Princess
Who are your favourite composers?
B: Schubert, Griegg, and Rachmaninoff
Who are your favourite painters?
B: Iran Darroudi, Cezanne, Van Gogh. I also love whoever is leaving those paper sculptures in the Scottish libraries.
What are your favourite names?
B: Kate, Sakura, James, William.
What is it that you most dislike?
B: Endless vague questioning at the end of a long day
Which talent would you most like to have?
B: Dance. I enjoy dancing but I know I’m not good at it.
How would you like to die?
B: Old and satisfied.
What is your current state of mind?
B: Cautiously optimistic
What is your motto?
B: Try to learn something from everything
Yeah, that was hard. If anything, harder than if I were answering it for a particular character. Maybe that’s why I’m not a huge fan of character questionnaires-they often seem to demand that you know more about a character than you know about yourself.