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11:31:00, February 10th, 2007
John Henry Holliday, DDS
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate!
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

(If you've already posted this. Don't worry about posting it again.
Just ask me to interview you and you can comment back with your answers!)

Answers from whiteabsolution's questions below!

1) What's the most interesting thing about the time period you're from?
As I am accustomed to it, it is difficult to say what makes it interesting in specific, but I shall do my best. My time was torn and rent by Civil war. All that was good in my life and time and place was shattered and those of us who valued it were left to reassemble what we could. I have lived in a time and place and manner not of my choosing and I can hardly think of it as 'interesting,' but more as an astonishing drama of folly, more of a salvaging with sorrow of what was once so much more. I suppose invention and a moving towards the future are interesting - new miracles of electricity and laid on water, elevators and telephones, machines and new techniques in medicine. But perhaps it has always been so.

2) What is the most romantic thing you've done for a woman?
It is a sad thing, but perhaps romantic. I left Georgia. I had tuberculosis and left my dear cousin rather than give her sorrow of tending me as I died, rather than allowing her own life to be wasted on one such as myself when she could perhaps have had happiness otherwise, rather than being left alone in sorrow when I passed from this earth. Giving my happiness - in the comfort and love and care she would have given me - for a chance for her to be happy. And yet, she loved me so that she waited, in vain, ten long years for my return. But she was spared the sorrow of waking to my illness in the morning, nights of sleeplessness while I twisted in pain, days of the reality of my gambling and whiskey and the disrespect I have been shown.

3) Have you ever let anyone just die for no reason?
I have never done so. What monster do you think me? There are some I have brought to die for reason - for murder and harm of the innocent and those I loved, for betrayal and evil and threat. But never ever for no reason! I am a dentist, sworn to help and ease my fellows, and should I not strive to preserve life, how could I bear to live with myself? Pride is all we have, and in fact I have always risked my life in order to save those of others, even those I did not know. I have looked for such opportunities and intervened my body between men and guns and taken people helpless from fires, even with the lasting harm done by the smoke to my poor lungs. What monster do you think me?

4) What do you like about being a dentist?
I am very proud of being a dentist. I like working on people's teeth. That is the simple answer, and it is true. I studied and worked hard and it pleases me very much to work at something I know very well and at which I excel. I am glad to help people, for dental pain can be terrible and it pleases me to ease suffering. I can bring them from agony to relief and it makes me feel proud and good. I like the craft itself, the creation and manipulation of such small things and the fitting of them to soft humanity. I like the profession and the way in which it embraces innovation and moves towards the future less bound by conservatism than the medical profession.

5) What's your favourite saying?

I have several favourite saying. Best, of course, is the Latin Motto of my family: Nulli Virtute Secundus. In Virtue Second to None. It is a goal and a vision always to be kept in mind and worked towards. What better inspiration could there be? It guides everything I do. Everything. Related to that are other things I have said. 'Pride is a Virtue' I say. It is akin. If one uses it as a goal - to be proud, one may not do that of which one will later be ashamed. As a result, I make no apologies. I have done my very best. I also have said, turning the old phrase, 'Right is Might.' Correct action brings strength and surety of mind and will and purpose, integrity in the sight of others and in hindsight. And that is powerful! And, when the present comes to be history, one will be looked back upon as example rather than a figure deserving of vilification.
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3:38:31, February 12th, 2007 (UTC)
I find myself curious. Ask away, good sir.
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4:07:46, February 12th, 2007 (UTC)
John Henry Holliday, DDS
*smiles, glad to be asked* Why, I am curious myself!

1) What was it like to be a salmon?
2) Why should I study and learn the Welsh triads?
3) What is your impression of Cornwall, in your time?
4) What was the life of Dylan, Son of the Wave, between the time he swam out to sea at his christening and the time he returned to Arianrhod to be killed?
5) What would you most wish to impart to me?

Diolch yn fawr. The typist taught me that last.
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15:09:42, February 12th, 2007 (UTC)
Your answers.

[ooc: sorry some of them aren't as satisfactory as I'd like but, wow, John made me do some research! ;)]
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