i answer the proust questionnaire:
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
living a dishonest life
Where would you like to live?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
dogs, good food, silence, good conversations, love, sleep, Stretch Appeal, meditation, painting, spending time with my children
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
*Tereza and Sabina from The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Rosa Parks, JFK, Picasso
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
people who show up
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Your favorite Painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
my middle sister
*Tereza: Young wife of Tomáš. A gentle, intellectual photographer, she delves into dangerous and dissident photojournalism during the Soviet occupation of Prague. Tereza does not condemn Tomáš for his infidelities, instead characterizing herself as a weaker person. Tereza is mostly defined by her view of the body as disgusting and shameful, due to her mother's embrace of the body's grotesque functions. Throughout the book she fears simply being another body in Tomáš' array of women. Once Tomáš and Tereza move to the countryside, she devotes herself to raising cattle and reading. During this time she learns about her anima through an adoration of pet animals, reaching the conclusion that they were the last link to the paradise abandoned by Adam and Eve and becomes alienated from other people.
Sabina: Tomáš' mistress and closest friend. Sabina lives her life as an extreme example of lightness, taking profound satisfaction in the act of betrayal. She declares war on kitsch and struggles against the constraints imposed by her puritan ancestry and the Communist party. This struggle is shown through her paintings. She occasionally expresses excitement at humiliation, shown through the use of her grandfather's bowler hat, a symbol that is born during one sexual encounter with Tomáš, before it eventually changes meaning and becomes a relic of the past. Later in the novel she begins to correspond with Šimon while living under the roof of some older Americans who admire her artistic skill. She expresses her desire to be cremated and thrown to the winds after death—a last symbol of eternal lightness.
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