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The Proust Questions
by Juliette Benzoni


translated from French by Frédérique - Claudia - Linda
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Your favorite virtue
The cult of friendship

Your favorite qualities in a man?
The courage, the one of every day...

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
Comprehension

What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
That they are my friends

Your main fault?
Laziness

Your favourite hobby?
Reading

Your idea of happiness?
It has been a while since I've given up on that

Your idea of a great misfortune?
It happened; I lost my son

What would you like to be?
Resilient

Where would you like to live?
Nowhere else than in France

Your favourite flower?
Rose

Your favourite colour?
Blue

Your favourite bird?
I am afraid, I like them all

Your favourite prose authors?
From Alexandre Dumas to Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt though Agatha Christie!

Your favourite poets?
Verlaine, Racine, Charles Dickens...ect

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Cyranno de Bergerac and Hercule Poirot

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
The ones of my novels and Bécassine!

Your favourite composers?
Mozart, Chopin, Berlioz,Verdi...

Your favourite painters?
Monet, Goya, Turner, Boldini

Your heros in real life?
None left

Your heroines in world history?
Jeanne d'Arc

Your favourite names?
France, Aurore,Victoire and many more...

What do you hate the most
Hypocrisy

What do you dislike about yourself?
I'd rather not know

Your favourite food?
Toasted bread, butter, sausage and roasted chicken!

Which historic characters do you despise the most?
The treacherous ones

Which military event do you admire the most?
Desperate battles like the Tiberiade (in the XII th century)

What reform do you like best?
women's suffrage

Which talent would you like to have?
Callas voice

How do you want to die?
Fast

What's your present state of mind?
I'm tired

Which faults can you forgive?
gormandizing and pious lies

Your motto?
Do right and have well

A great wine?
Romanée-Conti!

If you were a politician who would you be?
But that is the whole point, I am not!

Have you noticed the apocryphal question?
No, should I?


recorded by  Nathalie EROUKHMANOFF
8 June 2008


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