By Reece Hirsch
This week, I’ve invited a guest blogger to answer theAge 20 Proust Questionnaire – The Incredible Hulk. While the Hulk is actually 50 years old, I thought he would bewell-suited to the famous questionnaire because his emotional maturity levelplateaued at a fairly young age. This is an abridged version of the questionnaire because Hulk grew alittle impatient with the questions.
Your most marked characteristic?
Proust: A craving to be loved, or, to be more precise, to be caressed andspoiled rather than to be admired.
Hulk: Anger. Hulk veryangry. Hulk working on it, though.
The quality you most like in a man?
Proust: Feminine charm.
Hulk: Hulk like a man who stay calm, not make Hulk angry.
What do you most value in your friends?
Proust: Tenderness – provided they possess a physical charm which makes theirtenderness worth having.
Hulk: A sense of humor most important quality forHulk. That and super-strength.
What is your principle defect?
Proust: Lack of understanding; weakness of will.
Hulk: Hulk already talk about his anger management issues. Hulk starting not to like all these questions.
What is your dream of happiness?
Proust: Not, I fear, a very elevated one. I really haven’t the courage to saywhat it is, and if I did I should probably destroy it by the mere fact ofputting it into words.
Hulk: Better film adaption would make Hulk happy, but Hulk not optimistic. As critic once said, “You wouldn’t likeme when I’m Ang Lee.”
What to your mind would be the greatest ofmisfortunes?
Proust: Never to have known my mother or my grandmother.
Hulk: Gamma ray accident. Andsince that already happen to Hulk and Hulk live, every day a gift.
In what country would you like to live?
Proust: One where certain things that I want would be realized – and wherefeelings of tenderness would always be recriprocated.
Hulk: New Zealand.
What is your favorite color?
Proust: Beauty lies not in colors but in their harmony.
Hulk: You kidding Hulk, right?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Proust: At the moment, Anatole France and Pierre Loti.
Hulk: Stan Lee.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Proust: Phedre (crossed out) Berenice.
Hulk: Hulk have to go with his cousin, She-Hulk. Hulk all about family.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Proust: Will power and irresistible charm.
Hulk: Hulk has given this lot of thought. Hulk would like to be able to shoot super-destructivelasers from his eyes.
What is your present state of mind?
Proust: Annoyance at having to think about myself in order to answer thesequestions.
Hulk: Tobe totally frank, Hulk a little angry right now.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Proust: Those that I understand.
Hulk: Hulk very sensitive to plight of people with radiation-createdsuperpowers. Hulk recently formeda 501(c)(3) to help. Websitecoming soon.
What is your motto?
Proust: I prefer not to say, for fear it might bring me bad luck.
Hulk: Hulk no like being defined by motto or catch phrase. Hulk so much more than that. But if Hulk have to answer question –Hulk Smash!