1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?A cup of tea that never grows cold.2. What is your greatest fear?Not accomplishing everything I’m capable of.3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?Oversensitivity.4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?Pessimism.5. Which living person do you most admire?The collective surviving members of Monty Python.6. What is your greatest extravagance?I have two: artisan perfume oils and Fluevogs. (I’m not even a shoe person, really.)7. What is your current state of mind?Introspective.8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?Chastity.9. On what occasion do you lie?I’m a writer. It’s what I do. Truly, I am surprised that my pants are not constantly aflame.10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?The fact that it is so difficult to get the actuality to match the way I look inside my head. Also, I have unruly hair.11. Which living person do you most despise?I don’t despise anyone, it requires too much effort.12. What is the quality you most like in a man?Confidence.13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?Confidence.14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?‘Slightly’, ‘Seriously’ and ‘Let me put it this way . . .’15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?Creating things.16. When and where were you happiest?I’m pretty darned happy right now, actually. I’m happy anywhere with twinkly lights on strings.17. Which talent would you most like to have?Musical. Don’t have the brain for it this time around, alas. It’s too much like math.18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?I think I’d want perfect vision, but having never had it, I can’t be sure. It might be overrated, for all I know.19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?Finishing what I start.
Erin MorgensternThe Proust Questionnaire
The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlour game, popularised (though not devised)by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering thesequestions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.
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