Why does Petruchio not let Kate eat the over-roasted meat? Why does Beatrice suddenly have a cold in the middle of the play, and Benedick has a toothache? Why does Othello have an epileptic fit and so readily believe Iago’s lies? Why is Ophelia’s death naturally by water?
These, and hundreds of other matters in Shakespeare’s plays, are related to the ancient theory of the humours, the four bodily spirits that control one’s temperament. Elizabethan medicine, cookbooks, herbals, and basic everyday living revolved around balancing these four humours. Robin Williams has studied the humours extensively and delights in helping us discover how to control our selves in an Elizabethan way. ;-)
Download this personality test to determine which humour tends to run your personality, and discover which Shakespeare characters you are most akin to, and how to balance your own humours!