Give us a hand

23rd February 2001 at 00:00
What does your writing say about you? Graphologist Elaine Quigley explains This upright script of firm strokes shows a woman of purpose, who likes structure and clarity in her life. She is a perfectionist. It is important that she is seen to do her best, and act professionally, but she leaves room for discussion and negotiation. This is shown in the flexibility of her predominantly firm script, particularly the varied height and shape of the middle zone - the interactive area. Although the writing is clear, there are signs of hesitation, especially in the little starting strokes, and the second stroke of some letters not touching the baseline. Some middle zone letters are also more expanded than others, so she will be outgoing sometimes and self-contained at others.

She is aware of her responsibilities to others. She doesn't take things lightly, but considers the options and tries to get her timing right. The curved crosses on some of the lower-case t's indicate tactfulness, but she also needs to get things off her chest and move on, as seen in the end strokes without final curves.

Artistic presentation is evident. There is a calligraphic form to the script, llowing her to be effective in public and to keep her emotions and feelings to herself. This can make her seem detached and undemonstrative. The signature and text match, which shows that she is upfront and straight with people when dealing with them professionally.

She gets things done when she says she will.

Claire Trethewey teaches English at Bury grammar school for girls, Lancashire It's very, very accurate. We are all laughing here at school because they are saying I wrote it. I am a person who gets things done when I say I will, not very demonstrative, well organised.

My sister teaches as well, and our handwriting is similar, but I think we are very different. Maybe if her handwriting was analysed something would be revealed that I have missed.

It's got me off to a T - I think I'm going to frame it.

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

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