Biographical questionnaire

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This questionnaire was filled by Arthur Conan Doyle on 29 october 1899 at Undershaw.

It is not known why Conan Doyle filled this questionnaire. However, it was probably part of a parlor game, which were popular in the late 19th century.

Questions / Answers

  • Your favourite virtue? Unaffectedness
  • Your favourite qualities in man? Manliness
  • Your favourite qualities in woman? Womanliness
  • Your favourite occupation? Work
  • Your chief characteristic? I really don't know
  • Your idea of happiness? Time well filled
  • Your idea of misery? Nothing to do
  • Your favourite colour and flower? Quite impartial
  • If not yourself, who would you be? ############# < (hope this is clear)
  • Where would you like to live? Here
  • Your favourite poets? Kipling
  • Your favourite painters and composers? No strong opinions
  • Your favourite heroes in real life? Men who do their duty without fuss
  • Your favourite heroine in real life? Ditto
  • Your favourite heroes in fiction? No strong preferences
  • Your favourite heroines in fiction? Margaret in "Cloisters & Hearth"
  • Your favourite food and drink? Anything when hungry — nothing when not
  • Your favourite names? A good horse never had a bad name
  • Your pet aversion? Affectation — conceit
  • What characters in history do you most dislike? Very tolerant to them all
  • What is your present state of mind? Jaded
  • For what fault have you most toleration? All of them — except cruelty & meanness
  • Your favourite moto? "Hope for the best — prepare for the worst"

A Conan Doyle

oct 29th /99 Undershaw