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Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire

Ian Muddle, ponders his meanings of life.

In 1890, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time Marcel Proust, still a teenager, took a questionnaire similar to this one, answering the questions with frank sincerity.

Banburyshire Info have resurrected the concept, and have started publishing answers from various local people with some questions from the Proust Questionnaire – designed to reveal the answerer’s tastes, aspirations, and sensibility.

Name: Ian Muddle
Date questions answered: 31/03/16
Age: 47
Village / Town / City you live in: Banbury
Occupation: PAID: Business Engagement Manager
UNPAID: Chairman of BCOS (Bicester Choral & Operatic Society),
Web/publicity/social media:- Warriner Choral Society, Akeman Voices, BCOS, MADE in Cherwell

Banburyshire Info have resurrected the Proust Questionnaire and have invited Ian Muddle to answer some of the Proust Questions.

The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery

Proust: To be separated from Mama

Ian Muddle: Shortage of Chocolate

Where would you like to live?

Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal

Ian Muddle: South of France

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Proust: To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater

Ian Muddle: Living in rural France surrounded by wine cheese and chocolate and regularly singing/performing/producing

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius

Ian Muddle: Chocolate consumption

Who are your favourite heroes of fiction?

Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real

Ian Muddle: James Bond, Matthew Bourne and Danger Mouse

Who are your favourite characters in history?

Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry

Ian Muddle: Mr Cadbury, Mr Green & Mr Black

Who are your favourite heroines in real life?

Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life

Ian Muddle: Malala Yousafzai

Who are your favourite heroines of fiction?

Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful

Ian Muddle: Elpheba (Wicked) , Nancy Drew

Your favourite painter?

Proust: Meissonier

Ian Muddle: anyone who can redecorate my house !

Your favourite musician?

Proust: Mozart

Ian Muddle: Eric Whitacre

The quality you most admire in a man?

Proust: Intelligence, moral sense

Ian Muddle: Humour and Intelligence

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence

Ian Muddle: Humour and Intelligence

Your favourite virtue?

Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues

Ian Muddle: Empathy

Your favourite occupation?

Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Ian Muddle: Singing/Performing in stage show/musicals

Who would you have liked to be?

Proust: Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.

Ian Muddle: Tommy Steele


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