Edward Ferrars

Edward Ferrars is a fictional character in Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility. He is the elder of Fanny Dashwood's two brothers and forms an attachment to Elinor Dashwood.

Edward Ferrars
Jane Austen character
In-universe information
Full nameEdward Ferrars
FamilyLate Mr. Ferrars, Mrs. Ferrars
RelativesFanny Ferrars Dashwood, Robert Ferrars
HomeMainly in London with his mother; occasionally at Norland Park; the rest of the time in Oxford

As first described in Sense and Sensibility: "Edward Ferrars was not recommended to their good opinion by any peculiar graces of person or address. He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing. He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open, affectionate heart. His understanding was good, and his education had given it solid improvement. But he was neither fitted by abilities nor disposition to answer the wishes of his mother and sister, who longed to see him distinguished—as—they hardly knew what."

His personality, while it lacks the flash of Marianne Dashwood's romantic interest Willoughby, indicates more fortitude. Despite the good common sense that links him to Elinor, he is able to attach himself to other people and form bonds of friendship and love with ease. He exemplifies great loyalty when he sacrifices his potential happiness with Elinor to honour a promise he made to another girl when he was younger. He and Marianne's future husband Colonel Brandon are both models of great character under unimpressive exteriors. This simplicity makes them rather less three-dimensional than Pride and Prejudice's Fitzwilliam Darcy and Emma's Mr. Knightley.

Disinherited by his mother for refusing out of honour to break his engagement to Lucy Steele, he eventually marries Elinor, having been abandoned by Lucy Steele for his brother, now heir to the family property.

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  4. ^ Troost, Linda (2001). Jane Austen in Hollywood. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. p. 121. ISBN 9780813190068.
  6. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). The year in television, 2008 : a catalog of new and continuing series, miniseries, specials and TV movies. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 104. ISBN 9780786453368.
  7. ^ "BBC - Sense And Sensibility - Media Centre".

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