Alicia ‘Allie’ Lowe is a character who has been part of Ivy’s word from practically the very beginning. I decided use some of the questions from the Proust Questionnaire for these character interviews.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
All I truly need in life to be happy is a fully stocked wardrobe, a perfectly made cappuccino and a healthy family. Oh, and maybe a Rolls-Royce with a driver.
What is your greatest fear?
There is nothing more terrifying than embarrassing my family.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I happen to be a little more vain than is probably wise.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
I don’t have a lot of patience for people who are constantly dishonest.
Which living person do you most admire?
Ivy, without a question.
What is your greatest extravagance?
The clothes in my closet. Have you seen my closet? It’s filled to capacity with designer labels.
What is your current state of mind?
You’ll see why when you read Masquerade.
On what occasion do you lie?
Mostly to my mother, to avoid an argument, or to Alim if I want him to send a driver for me.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
That one grey hair that refuses to go away. I beg, I cajole, it remains unmoved.
Which living person do you most despise?
It’s a tie between Valentin Krupin and my rival from Uni, Iris.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Oh bugger it all.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Currently? My cat, Minxie. Ivy might be a close second, then my family.
When and where were you happiest?
Sipping tea at a cafe in Marrakesh with Ivy over Uni break many years ago.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d be over the moon if I could handle a camera like Ivy does.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My overwhelming need to please my mother.
Where would you most like to live?
London, so it’s a good thing I live here.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Loyalty. I also have a very well defined sense of style.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
What is it that you most dislike?
How would you like to die?
What is your motto?
Fashion doesn’t solve everything, but it helps.