Rather, he is choleric in temperament: he is passionate, intemperate, and prone to rashness and anger.
Imbalance of the humours resulted in various temperaments, thus the dominance of black bile causes melancholy; blood, sanguine temperament; phlegm, a phlegmatic temperament; or yellow bile, a choleric temperament.
As a choleric sign it is prone to fevers and is linked to yellow-jaundice and sore eyes.
‘Adding fuel to the fire’ is Culpeper's way of saying that the herb strengthens the choleric humour associated with fever.
Even Maureen, who generally treats her choleric partner with girlish forbearance, at one point asks: ‘Why do you always shout like that, Rolf?’
In Churchill's darkest hour, the future PM is reduced to a choleric , drunken, melancholic old man, reviled and mocked as a warmonger by the Establishment and the British public alike.
The sanguine humour is the principal humour of the blood which embodies the other three humours: the choleric , melancholic and phlegmatic within it.
While Ralph was the choleric loser, Ed was the lucky buffoon.
The negative side came about largely through his personality which is described as ‘occasionally choleric , quarrelsome, and given to invectives.’
Indeed, the political system accommodated the interests and choleric attitudes of both men with little difficulty.