Many years ago, I came across this fun artifact from the papers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, meant to blog about it, and never actually did. This is a “favorites” survey which Doyle filled out in 1899 – basically like a modern-day blog tag! He has pretty readable handwriting, but you can find a typed-up version of his answers here. (Is it just me or was he clearly bored when he filled it out? 😛 )
It has no title so I’ve dubbed it the (oh-so-creative) 1899 Questionnaire. I also thought it might be fun to fill it out, and if you’d like to as well, consider yourself tagged.
The 1899 Questionnaire
Your favourite virtue?
Your favourite qualities in man?
Kindness and intuition
Your favourite qualities in woman?
Wisdom and perseverance
Your favourite occupation?
Watching YouTube Writing 🙂
Your chief characteristic?
Thinking too much
Your idea of happiness?
A deep conversation (aka Solving World Problems™) with a family member or friend
Your idea of misery?
Having no one to talk to
Your favourite colour and flower?
Favorite color is teal blue, favorite flowers are yellow roses
If not yourself, who would you be?
Something to do with music, probably an itinerant fiddler
Where would you like to live?
Same as where I live now, or maybe further out, in the forest
Your favourite poets?
Tolkien, Longfellow, and various lyricists like Adam Young
Your favourite painters and composers?
Painters: Monet, Caspar David Friedrich, Ivan Shishkin
Composers: Tchaikovsky, and so many more
Your favourite heroes in real life?
I don’t really have heroes, but I admire anyone who speaks the truth even when it’s not expedient.
Your favourite heroines in real life?
Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Sherlock Holmes, half the characters from Lord of the Rings, and Deputy Ryker from The Virginian TV show
Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Tatyana Larina from Eugene Onegin, Marian Halcombe from The Woman in White, and Alice
Your favourite food and drink?
Pretty much anything my mom makes. And Subway sandwiches. For drink: Swiss Miss hot cocoa with eggnog! It’s kind of a meal on its own, though.
Your favourite names?
I love old-fashioned names like Evelyn and Henry.
Your pet aversion?
Random strangers who act creepy or ask personal questions.
What characters in history do you most dislike?
The ones who tried to spread ideology or religion by force
What is your present state of mind?
Sheepish for staying up past midnight when I have to get up at 5:40
For what fault have you most toleration?
I’m not sure I would call it a fault exactly, but I have a lot of empathy for anyone who deals with extreme shyness and low self-esteem, having gone through that myself in the past.
Your favourite motto?
“Live not by lies” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn