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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Lord Peter Wimsey.
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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Smartness, kindness, funniness.
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."