Oh - I had a little lurch when my finger fell on this word. How can I write about humour? I think I can be funny but to riff on this word is different. Then I realize I can choose one of the other meanings - I choose the 3rd. -
In medieval phsyiology, one of the four fluids of the body, blood, phlegm, choler, and black bile, the dominance of which was thought to determine a person's character and general health.Now for those of you not of a medieval mind let me ramble on - because I loved medieval philosophy and stories - The Green Knight - etc... I know what the 'humours' are. You might too if I remind you and here is the handy dandy chart from Wikipedia to do just that:
|Humour||Season||Element||Organ||Qualities||Ancient name||Modern||MBTI||Ancient characteristics|
|Blood||spring||air||liver||warm & moist||sanguine||artisan||SP||courageous, hopeful, amorous, don't finish what they start, flighty|
|Yellow bile||summer||fire||spleen||warm & dry||choleric||idealist||NF||easily angered, bad tempered, crystal clear about boundaries, hold tight to values and visions|
|Black bile||autumn||earth||gall bladder||cold & dry||melancholic||guardian||SJ||despondent, sleepless, irritable, sensitive to others, fiercely loyal to pals, protective|
|Phlegm||winter||water||brain/lungs||cold & moist||phlegmatic||rational||NT||calm, unemotional, stolid by times, can be coldly furious|
Now...in the fairness of full-disclosure - I am as you read this winging my way with five pals to Naples, Florida for a MUCH needed break. I'm going to tell you which of these I think I am and why and give a try for my pals. I think I'm on the sanguine/choleric borderline.
I believe the other five will be thus - (names changed to protect the not so innocent)
Bird-Woman - runs the line between Choleric and Phlegmatic (making her an ideal pal for me!)
The Questioner is mostly choleric (especially the good bits of that humour) with just a touch sanguine.
Harvest Woman is very sanguine with the smallest splash of melancholic.
The Villager is highly Choleric but believes she is Phlegmatic! Okay, she is somewhat phlegmatic too.
The Uber-Ma is mostly phlegmatic with a measure of melancholic.
You can look at this way of identifying types as a way to start with your characters if you like. My protagonist in True is Phlegmatic and invited into Sanguine.
How about you?