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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Spend part of each day upside-down
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Trollope's Obadiah Slope in third place, Samuel Whiskers in second, and Shakespeare's Iago in first
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Swimming in the sea.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Just William, and Emma in Emma
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Oh, that's easy! I would sing like Dinah Washington or Billie Holiday: women who sang like they'd been alive a thousand years