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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: Jill Huish
Date questions answered: 20/03/16
Age: Old enough to know better.
Village / Town / City you live in: Banbury
Occupation: Former chef. Current mothership and general cage rattler.
The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Jill Huish: To be imprisoned by someone else’s control, to lose free will.
Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Jill Huish: In the city of my birth.
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
Jill Huish: I like where Proust is going with this….
To feel the earth beneath my feet and know others are happy in themselves.
Daily adventure – however small.
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Jill Huish: Poking people for fun, letting momentum guide me.
Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an
ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Jill Huish:Tad Williams’ !Xabbu, Ben Elton’s Geoffrey Spasmo, Phillip
Pullman’s Will Parry, the Gingerbread Man and The Dude.
Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and
Jill Huish: Boudicca, Tony Benn, The Levellers and the Unknown Protestor.
Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Jill Huish: My mother, my grandmother, my mentor and my bestie.
Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly;
everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Jill Huish: Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey, Terry Brooks’ Grianne Ohmsford, Jean
M Auel’s Ayla, Alabama Worley and Dotty from The Raggy Dolls.
Jill Huish: Kandinsky.
Jill Huish: Hans Zimmer, Flea and Ginger Baker. All rolled into one person.
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Jill Huish: Being happy in their own skin.
Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Jill Huish: Grace.
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Jill Huish: Being shameless. Almost.
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Jill Huish:: Action!
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.
Jill Huish: Michael Rosen.
You can find more here – Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire
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