Get to Know… Gina

Name: Gina

Personality Type: INFJ

Famous INFJs: Plato, Carl Jung, Agatha Christie, Florence Nightingale, Cate Blanchett, Edward Norton.

What do you love most about yourself?

I get great pleasure out of the little things of life.

What would you most like to change about yourself?

I procrastinate, get distracted, and don’t finish things. (That sounds like three things, but they really all go together!)

Favorite Fictional Character & why:

Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities), because he’s compelling and selfless and brave and smart and loving and generally wonderful.

Name one possession that you absolutely love:

Oh, that’s HARD. I love my possessions—probably more than I should—and my favorite changes practically every day! I guess right now, I would pick the very nice Nonesuch edition of A Tale of Two Cities that my parents got me for my 10th anniversary at work.

If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?

It would have been really great to meet Jesus during His time here on earth, and actually be able to see Him!

Tell us three of your “guilty pleasures”:

  1. Trollbeads
  2. Etsy.com
  3. Potato chips

Name one thing (book, song, movie, item) you wish you had thought up first:

The Thursday Next novels.

Share several of your favorite quotes with us:

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
— John 1:4-5

“The only Christian work is good work done well.”
— Dorothy L. Sayers

“How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it’s irresistible.”
— C. S. Lewis

“If you continue to love Jesus, nothing much can go wrong with you, and I hope you may always do so.”
–C. S. Lewis, “Letters to Children”

“I’m shocked, SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on in here!”
— Captain Renault, Casablanca

“I believe there’s a God — I believe the whole bag of tricks, there’s nothing I don’t believe, they could subdivide the Trinity into a dozen parts and I’d believe. They could dig up records that proved Christ had been invented by Pilate to get himself promoted and I’d believe just the same. I’ve caught belief like a disease. I’ve fallen into belief like I fell in love.”
— Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

“Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”
— Charles Dickens, “The Pickwick Papers”

“Fortune vomits on my eiderdown once more.”
— Edmund Blackadder, “Blackadder the Third”

What memory is the most special to you and why?

That’s another hard one. One of the most special is something my grandpa said to me. After we’d been having a big political debate, he hugged me and said he loved me even if I belonged to the other party. =) I learned a lot from that.

Who is your favorite actor / actress? What was the first film you saw them in?

Jimmy Stewart, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady

“I would never get tired of talking about…”?

Charles Dickens. I went to a Dickens Fellowship Conference for a week this summer, where he was the main topic of conversation, and I literally never got tired of it!

If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?

A Shetland sheepdog. I used to have three of them. They’re wonderful, affectionate dogs.

One miniseries or television show everyone needs to try out at least once: Person of Interest.

13 Replies to “Get to Know… Gina”

  1. Hello Gina! Well, we’ve already ‘met’, but very nice to read your answers here! Aren’t the Thursday Next novels and the whole Bookworld a wonderful invention! I don’t think I could’ve thought them up so creatively as Fforde has done.

  2. Hi Gina and fellow INFJ!

    I loved reading your answers and hearing more about you. I did not know Florence Nightengale was an INFJ – she was one of my childhood heros. I ended up becoming a nurse – go figure, she has the same personality type as me (it all makes sense now 🙂 ).

    I am a huge Dickens’ fan, and I think Sydney Carton is a beautiful Christ-type. Do you have a video version of “A Tale of Two Cities” that you perfer? The Masterpiece Theater version I watched (maybe it was because I was younger) seemed SO brutal, that I cringe in remember it. I’ve watched a few other versions, but was like – “ehh, they are okay.” It just seems like such an amazing story, that I know there must a version out there to give it justice.

    And I love your “Casablanca” quote 😉

    1. Hi Camille! Thanks for your kind comments! The 1958 British film version of ATOTC is far and away my favorite. Dirk Bogarde is a spellbinding Sydney, and Dorothy Tutin is hands down the best Lucie I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find in the U.S. TCM airs it every now and then, but the only Region 1 DVD version I’ve been able to find has these annoying Chinese subtitles that will not go away! I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for a new Region 1 release for a long time now!

      My second favorite is the 1935 film version with Ronald Colman, which is much easier to find.

  3. Hi, Gina, nice to meet you!

    Hehe, I know what you mean about procrastination. I’m a huge procrastinator!

    As I grow older, I realize more and more how awesome Jimmy Stewart was. I wish there were actors like him today!

  4. Hi Gina, nice to meet you! *waves* I know what you mean about Etsy; I’d pop on over there to check out something and end up staying on and browsing for the next three hours lol xP That’s cool that you attended a Dickens conference, that sounds really interesting =)

  5. HI GINA!!! *waves* I think that Blackadder quote is the best thing I’ve read all day. Also, YAY Person of Interest! So happy I finally listened to my smart friends and jumped on that bandwagon. 🙂

  6. How lovely to meet you, Gina. You’ve got some great answers here…

    Audrey Hepburn is stunning in ‘My Fair Lady.’ One of the great classics.

    Charles Dickens was a fabulous author and knew how to interest us with his characters – wacky personalities and all.

    Oh! And ‘Person of Interest’ is phenomenal – it took only 2 episodes to hook me. That’s good writing. 🙂

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