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What does your writing say about you? Graphologist Elaine Quigley explains This is a powerful woman who likes to do things her way. The script has almost completely joined letters within the words, so she is exuberant and self-confident.

She is a practical woman of the world who likes to have personal space - this is shown in the wide word spacing and the tent shaped "d" stems. The confidence with which she throws her script on to the page shows that she will call the shots. She can think on her feet and carry an idea in her head while doing something else, indicated by the way letters occupy the same space between lines without tangling. This also shows resilience and resourcefulness.

This script shows a con-fident breaking of copybook style. Her left margin is fairly straight, indicating the confidence with which she tackles activities. The extended lower zone of letters (for instance, the descender of "p") shows her aggressive aproach to tasks. It is useless trying to pull the wool over her eyes.

She can be forgiven for her forcefulness, though, when people see her loyalty. She believes in fair play, but enjoys a good discussion.

Irene Murphy teaches science at the Henry Beaufort school, Winchester It made me feel quite positive about myself. I showed it to several people and they were surprised at how accurate it was. It is very much my public persona, but people who know me well know I can role-play being confident and forceful, even when I'm feeling sensitive. Certainly, I do have a reputation among the kids for being strict but fair. Overall, it's spot on.

Elaine Quigley and Irene Murphy were talking to Harvey McGavin. Does someone you know have unusual handwriting? Send an example - including his or her signature - on unlined paper with contact details to Jill Craven, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX

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