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Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire

Campaigner Jill Huish, ponders her 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: 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.

Jill Huish

The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Proust: To be separated from Mama

Jill Huish: To be imprisoned by someone else’s control, to lose free will.

Where would you like to live?

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

Jill Huish: In the city of my birth.

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

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.

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius

Jill Huish: Poking people for fun, letting momentum guide me.

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

Jill Huish:Tad Williams’ !Xabbu, Ben Elton’s Geoffrey Spasmo, Phillip
Pullman’s Will Parry, the Gingerbread Man and The Dude.

Who are your favourite characters in history?

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

Jill Huish: Boudicca, Tony Benn, The Levellers and the Unknown Protestor.

Who are your favourite heroines in real life?

Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life

Jill Huish: My mother, my grandmother, my mentor and my bestie.

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

Jill Huish: Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey, Terry Brooks’ Grianne Ohmsford, Jean
M Auel’s Ayla, Alabama Worley and Dotty from The Raggy Dolls.

Your favourite painter?

Proust: Meissonier

Jill Huish: Kandinsky.

Your favourite musician?

Proust: Mozart

Jill Huish: Hans Zimmer, Flea and Ginger Baker. All rolled into one person.

The quality you most admire in a man?

Proust: Intelligence, moral sense

Jill Huish: Being happy in their own skin.

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence

Jill Huish: Grace.

Your favourite virtue?

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

Jill Huish: Being shameless. Almost.

Your favourite occupation?

Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Jill Huish:: Action!

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.

Jill Huish: Michael Rosen.


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