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Local people answer the Proust Questionnaire

Architect Roger Cumming, 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: Roger Cumming
Date questions answered: 13 April 2016
Age:70
Village / Town / City you live in: Great Bourton
Occupation: Architect Cumming Anderton Architects

Architect Roger Cumming

The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Proust: To be separated from Mama

Roger Cumming: White water rafting in Northamptonshire…….in October

Where would you like to live?

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

Roger Cumming: In England in 50 years time after some useful global warming

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

Roger Cumming: A fine sunset with a glass of Red to hand

To what faults do you feel most indulgent?

Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius

Roger Cumming: To be deprived of wine

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

Roger Cumming: Falstaff

Who are your favourite characters in history?

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

Roger Cumming: Shakespeare, Churchill, Jim Clarke

Who are your favourite heroines in real life?

Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life

Roger Cumming: I don’t really do heroes but at age of twelve it was Doris Day!!…ok scrub that, Eva Jiricna

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

Roger Cumming: Kate, Taming of the Shrew, Barbarella (Jane Fonda) comes close!!

Your favourite painter?

Proust: Meissonier

Roger Cumming: Braque, Picasso, Giacometti

Your favourite musician?

Proust: Mozart

Roger Cumming: Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Louis Armstrong

The quality you most admire in a man?

Proust: Intelligence, moral sense

Roger Cumming: Self deprecating, Honesty, Modesty

The quality you most admire in a woman?

Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence

Roger Cumming: Their Thinking

Your favourite virtue?

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

Roger Cumming: Generosity of spirit

Your favourite occupation?

Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse

Roger Cumming: Travel, with my wife!!…….also dreaming, driving, drawing

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.

Roger Cumming: King!!………….probably not would hate all the pomp and no power anyway. Probably Picasso

Roger has also been interviewed on the Banburyshire Show. You can hear the compelling conversation on podcast via this link www.banburyshireinfo.co.uk/local-life/the-banburyshire-show-14th-april-2016/


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