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Category: Body | Type: Historical | Title: Sense and Sensibility (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

Means optimistic here.

The word, which derives from the Latin for blood, refers to the theory of the bodily humors or humor theory (Search). The preponderance of one of these determines our temperament. An abundance of red choler makes us happy and vigorous; black or melan choler predisposes us toward melancholy and depression. The novel will return to this theme.

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