Deborah Meyler: What Are You Reading?
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I stole it from F.J.Foakes-Jackson, a Cambridge scholar and clergyman: “It’s no use trying to be clever—we are all clever here; just try to be kind—a little kind.”
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Nobody much. I would probably identify more strongly with the people who are not in history, the mute inglorious Miltons, the women who didn't have rooms of their own.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. My greatest achievement is a sort of flash of ineluctable joy once, when I was reading Othello. I saw how great it was. Other people have this about God; I'd like it to happen to me over God. Though perhaps if something is ineluctable, it can't be an achievement.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. "Oh, I am so sorry, I forgot." "I'll just have a cup of tea before I start."
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I would like to be a botanist. I was discouraged at school. I would like to create new flowers. I would also love to be a painter of large paintings.