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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: Nancy Buckley
Date questions answered: 23rd March 2016
Village / Town / City you live in: Mollington
Occupation: Team Supervisor for Wikaniko. In the business of saving the planet, whilst earning an income.
The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Nancy Buckley: To lose a loved one
Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Nancy Buckley: Rome or anywhere in Italy
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
Nancy Buckley: Being outdoors with the sun on my face listening to birdsong or the lapping of waves on a beach
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Nancy Buckley: Always wanting more rather than enjoying what I have already in the here and now. I can’t stand still and am trying to learn mindfulness to relax!
Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Nancy Buckley:: Count Dracula is rather alluring… vampire fiction appeals to me so I should probably also add Twilight’s Edward Cullen!
Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
Nancy Buckley: For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by Eva Peron, and Evita has been a favourite musical of mine since my grandmother played me an Elaine Paige LP as a young girl. Cleopatra too! I love anything Roman and Egyptian.
Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Nancy Buckley: All of the hardworking mums out there juggling careers, home, love and life!
Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Nancy Buckley: Catherine Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights. She is the ultimate free spirit and epitome of wildness. Or maybe Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, how amazing was that new technicolour world…?
Nancy Buckley: Vincent Van Gogh, Banksy.
Your answer: Damien Rice, Kate Bush, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Nancy Buckley: Height, good hair and teeth, humour and manners
Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Nancy Buckley: Confidence, competitiveness, natural beauty
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Nancy Buckley: kindness and generosity of spirit
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Nancy Buckley: Reading, walking,swimming in the sea and as a mother of young children, sleeping!
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.
Nancy Buckley: Somebody beautiful, wealthy and hip in the roaring ‘20s or swinging 60’s! Or how about that glorious woman in La Dolce Vita?
You can find more here – Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire
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