SANGUINE: Bound to the red blood of the heart, and equated to air (warm and wet). People who are sanguine are often ruled by the heart. They can be sensual, warm, and often sweet. The wife of Bath, that lusty wench, was a sanguine type. So was Falstaff. A sanguine personality often seems to lack weight and seriousness; it can be seen as too sprightly and naiive or in extreme cases, inconsiderate of others and the reality of their cares.
Words that describe the sanguine temperment include:
SANGUINE: IS THIS YOU?
Well, wake up and smell the coffee, Pollyanna. Not everyone is out there gathering ye rosebuds while ye may. Some people don't have a bright side to look on, and all your good cheer does is remind them of how miserable they truly are.
So the next time you feel like shouting "there's a bright golden haze on the meadow," keep it to yourself and read one of the books on the list.
Bitter Books (To support the MELANCHOLIC or to correct a SANGUINE temperment)
Sobering literature, including:
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Man with the Golden Arm
Most Russian novels, including Crime and Punishment
The Good Earth
The Gulag Archipelago