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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Robert Ferrars in Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility'

Robert Ferrars, the younger brother of Edward, is not only useful in relieving Edward of Lucy. He is another character whose portrait enriches the novel. A coxcomb, he trifles away his time in a shop ordering an elegant toothpick-case of ivory, gold and pearls. He has a face of

strong, natural, sterling insignificance, though adorned in the first style of fashion.

There is a marvellous, damning paragraph during the scene at a musical evening. After listening to Robert's interminable boasting about his taste and the advice on interior design with which he claims to have favoured his friends,

Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.

Delicious!