Edward Ferrars

Edward Ferrars
Full name Edward Ferrars
Gender Male
Age 23
Income £100/year, after being cut off
Education privately tutored in the home of the Reverend Mr. Pratt, then at Oxford
Primary residence Mainly in London with his mother; occasionally at Norland Park; the rest of the time in Oxford
London residence With his mother
Romantic interest(s) Miss Lucy Steele, Elinor Dashwood, Miss Morton
Parents Late Mr. Ferrars, Mrs. Ferrars
Sibling(s) Fanny Ferrars Dashwood, Robert Ferrars

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

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 honor 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.

He eventually marries Elinor after he is abandoned by Lucy Steele for his now propertied brother.

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