Marcel Proust questionnaire
Dirk G. Kronsbein – getting personal
The famous “Marcel Proust questionnaire” arrives light-heartedly, yet it is even more of a challenge than it appears at first glance! So it is no surprise that the list of around 30 questions became a popular party game in cultivated salons around 1900, where it gave people an opportunity to score points for their intelligence, wit and charm. Marcel Proust may well have given his name to it, but he “only” loved it and completed it several times himself – he did not invent it.
Dirk G. Kronsbein answered the famous questionnaire for us precisely once. In record time. And with a smile. Here are his answers:
My most important characteristic
The quality I most admire in a man
The quality I most admire in a woman
What I most value in my friends
The mistake I encounter with the greatest tolerance
My greatest weakness
My favourite occupation
Pottering in the garden.
My dream of happiness
What would be the greatest of misfortunes for me?
If something was to befall my children.
What I would like to be
Country in which I would like to live
Scented English roses.
Favourite prose writer
Schiller and Goethe.
Favourite literary hero
Favourite literary heroine
Countersuggestion – a heroine from real life: Joan of Arc.
Tschaikowsky and Chopin.
My heroes in real life
My heroes/heroines in history
My favourite names
Sarah and David.
What I hate most
Historical personality that I most despise
Reform that I most admire
The reformation as the breakthrough of the Protestant church – actually a “back to basics” for the Christian faith.
Natural gift I would like to possess
To be able to play the piano.
How I would like to die
Happy and content, at peace with the world and myself, without sadness.
Present state of mind
I’m in good form.
Nothing is impossible.