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Laurin McDonald Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Clinical Hypnotherapist Laurin McDonald, 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.

Banburyshire Info have resurrected the Proust Questionnaire and have invited Laurin McDonald to answer some of the Proust Questions.

Name: Laurin McDonald
Date questions answered: June 2016
Village / Town / City you live in: Culworth
Occupation: Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

The Proust Questionnaire. The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Proust: To be separated from Mama

Laurin McDonald: Living Under Oppression of any kind

Where would you like to live?

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

Laurin McDonald:. Right here, right now!

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

Laurin McDonald: Greece in late May/early June with loved ones

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius

Laurin McDonald: I love my food so indulge in it, think about it, cook it….with pleasure

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

Laurin McDonald: Robin Hood, Pierre Besukhov

Who are your favourite characters in history?

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

Laurin McDonald: Alexander the Great, Queen Elizabeth and now Mohammed Ali

Who are your favourite heroines in real life?

Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life

Laurin McDonald: Those fighting oppression such as Malal 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

Laurin McDonald: Lyra Belacqua, Mulan

Your favourite painter?

Proust: Meissonier

Laurin McDonald: I have a weakness for Maxfield Parrish….no-one I can think of produced such colour, the Pre-Raphaelites for their colour and passion, and Eric Ravilious for his honesty….but so many it’s impossible to choose one!

Your favourite musician?

Proust: Mozart

Laurin McDonald: Mozart or Bowie

The quality you most admire in a man?

Proust: Intelligence, moral sense

Laurin McDonald: Integrity, Loyalty

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence

Laurin McDonald: Integrity, Loyalty

Your favourite virtue?

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

Laurin McDonald: Humility

Your favourite occupation?

Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Laurin McDonald: Reading on rainy days, being outside on sunny ones!

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.

Laurin McDonald: Lyra Balancqua

You can find more here – Local people answering the Proust Questionnaire

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