Miss Britt and the Proust Questionnaire:
What is your most marked characteristic?
My need to be heard, which is really secondary to my need to be understood.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Excellence. In anything. I used to believe it was ambition, but the desire to do more is far more common than the characteristics required to actually do something well.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Strength and accountability. The women I admire most are not perfect, but neither are they victims of their imperfection.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and understanding.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My need to be heard. It makes me a horrible listener.
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be afraid of misery.
In which country would you like to live?
In many, for a certain period of time.
Who are your favorite writers?
The ones who can make me laugh, cry, and think.
Who are your favorite poets?
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
J.D from The Great Brain series.
Who is your favorite heroine of fiction?
Who are your favorite composers?
Who are your favorite painters?
Monet and Degas
What are your favorite names?
Emma and Darby
What is it that you most dislike?
Cruelty, apathy and rodents.
Which talent would you most like to have?
How would you like to die?
In a tiny apartment, at a very old age, surrounded by a disorganized chaos of memories.
What is your current state of mind?
Sadness. There are too many people in this world who have to live with grief, and not enough gratitude from those who don’t.
What is your motto?
My motto remains the same as it was the day I stole it from someone much more clever than me so that I could finish my high school yearbook questionnaire.
“You can never discover new oceans, unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”