Meet Jaime Anna! (Proust Questionnaire Vol. 3)
Hello, I’m Jaime Anna. Yes, my last name is a first name, I know. Oh, and I’m a Digital Marketing intern at LUMINUS.
Once upon a time, I was sitting at my desk on the first day of my internship. Suddenly, I was tasked with answering the Proust Questionnaire. If this guy was answering these types of questions with such eloquence at the mere age of 13, he had great things going for him. If he only lived in 2016 and saw the kinds of answers that I’ve given.
Questionnaire (with the answers Proust filled out at age 13):
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Your answer: Not being able to drag yourself out of bed
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
Your answer: Being able to wake up, sit on the porch in a hammock with a good book and some tea, and living without worry.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Your answer: To a life of binging Netflix because the shows I watch are so emotionally charged and I can’t stop until it’s over (please help me).
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Your answer: Champions of love and justice, and Hobbits.
Your favorite artist?
Your answer: Writer: Tolkien, Musician: Dan Smith (Bastille), Painter: Monet. I think I covered all of my bases.
The quality you most admire?
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Your answer: Intelligence, as well as the will to bring me food because you want to and not because I asked.
Your favorite virtue?
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Your answer: When someone texts/calls me to show interest in randomly talking to me, and not just because they want me to give them a ride somewhere.
Your favorite occupation?
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Your answer: Whoever is the social media coordinator for the WWE, you are my favorite.
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.
Your answer: I would like to be myself, but maybe a few inches taller so people don’t use tall shelves against me to be mean.
Your most marked characteristic?
Proust: A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed and spoiled rather than to be admired
Your answer: The ability to carry out super deep and intellectual conversations after 1am.
What do you most value in your friends?
Proust: Tenderness – provided they possess a physical charm which makes their tenderness worth having
Your answer: Everything.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Proust: Never to have known my mother or my grandmother
Your answer: Not being able to pursue my passions
Who are your heroes in real life?
Proust: Monsieur Darlu, Monsieur Boutroux (professors)
Your answer: My great aunt. She would just do whatever she felt like doing when she woke up that day, I think that’s why she knew 6 languages, various types of music, and medial photography. I would like to be like her.
What is it you most dislike?
Proust: My own worst qualities
Your answer: When I run out of episodes of something I have become emotionally invested in, and then I have to wait 6 months for more. Thanks but no thanks, ABC.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Proust: I am not sufficiently educated to say
Your answer: Aaron Burr.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Proust: Will power and irresistible charm
Your answer: Definitely more charm than I already have, please.
What is your present state of mind?
Proust: Annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer these questions
Your answer: Pretty zen because it’s my first day at Luminus!
What is your motto?
Proust: I prefer not to say, for fear it might bring me bad luck.
Your answer: Not all who wander are lost.