Monday, February 6, 2012

Edward Ferrars

Name: Edward Ferrars
Nicknames/Aliases: Mr. Ferrars
Novel: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Role: Hero
Age: 23
Occupation: Gentleman, Idle, Aspires to join the Church
Talents/Hobbies: Reading, Riding, Being Outdoors, Friendly with Margaret Dashwood (1995, 2008)
Place of Residence: London
Virtues: Honorable
Vices: Very reserved, Idle/Unsure of His Future, Not a great orator, Appears to Lack Feelings, Engaged to an undeserving woman
Mrs. Ferrars - Edward's mother. She has great plans for Edward and wants him to be distinguished. She also wants him to marry Miss Morton who has 50,000 pounds.
Fanny Dashwood (nee Ferrars) - Edward's sister, Fanny is married to John Dashwood. Edward falls in love with Fanny's sister-in-law, Elinor.
Robert Ferrars - Edward's younger brother, Robert is Mrs. Ferrars favorite child.

Elinor Dashwood (Future) - Elinor is very sensible. She hides her emotions throughout most of the book. Edward thought that she only felt friendship for him when he fell in love with her.
Mrs. Ferrars - See Family. Mrs. Ferrars disinherits Edward for keeping his engagement to Lucy Steele.

Lucy Steele - Lucy is Edward's fiancee of four years. She recognizes that he has grown quite fond of Elinor Dashwood and does what she can in holding her engagement to Edward over Elinor's head. She eventually breaks off the engagement to Edward to marry his brother, Robert.

Portrayed By: Robin Ellis (1971), Bosco Hogan (1981), Hugh Grant (1995), Dan Stevens (2008)

"Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and graceful, I should not be shy." (Chapter 17)

"[My wishes are] as moderate as those of the rest of the world, I believe I wish as well as every body else to be perfectly happy; but like every body else it must be in my own way.  Greatness will not make me so." (Chapter 17)

"Your friendship has been the most important of my life." (1995 Movie)

Edward Ferrars: I wish to check the position of the Nile. My sister tells me it is in South America.
Elinor Dashwood: No. She's quite wrong, for I believe it is in Belgium.
Edward Ferrars: You must be thinking of the Volga.
Margaret: The Volga?
Elinor Dashwood: Of course, the Volga. Which, as you know, starts in...
Edward Ferrars: Vladivostock, and ends in...
Elinor Dashwood: Wimbledon.
Edward Ferrars: Precisely. Where the coffee beans come from.
Margaret: The source of the Nile is in Abyssinia.  (1995 Movie)

"My heart is, and always will be, yours." (1995 Movie)

  Edward Ferrars is the son of Mrs. Ferrars and the brother of Fanny Dashwood and Robert Ferrars. His mother would like him to find a profession so he could become distinguished. In Edward's words, "We never could agree in our choice of a profession. I always preferred the church, as I still do. But that was not smart enough for my family. They recommended the army. That was a great deal too smart for me. The law was allowed to be genteel enough... But I had no inclination for the law, even in this less abstruse study of it, which my family approved. As for the navy, it had fashion on its side, but I was too old when the subject was first started to enter it—and, at length, as there was no necessity for my having any profession at all... I was therefore entered at Oxford and have been properly idle ever since" (Chapter 19).
  Edward was educated by a Mr. Pratt, who has two nieces, Anne and Lucy Steele. Edward fell in love with Lucy and asked her to marry him, to which she agreed. Because Mrs. Ferrars would disapprove of Lucy, as she is not rich, they have had to keep their engagement a secret.
  When Fanny and her husband inherit the estate of Norland in Sussex, Fanny invites Edward to visit them. When he arrives at Norland, Edward meets Elinor Dashwood, Fanny's husband's half-sister. Elinor's mother and sisters have just lost their father and must move out of Norland since they do not own it anymore. During his stay at Norland, Edward and Elinor begin to spend more and more time with each other. Edward finds that he has fallen in love with Elinor, but because of his promise to Lucy, he does not tell Elinor. When Elinor's family leaves Norland, Edward promises to visit them.
  Before visiting the Dashwoods at their new home at Barton Park in Devonshire, Edward has at some point (though it does not specify an instance in the novel) mentioned Elinor to Lucy, which has given Lucy some alarm that Edward loves Elinor and becomes jealous. Edward pays a visit to the Dashwoods in Devonshire, though he is out of spirits and is very quiet for most of his visit. Marianne Dashwood, Elinor's younger sister, notices that Edward is wearing a ring made out of hair and asks if it is Fanny's hair; Edward replies that it is, though he knows it is really Lucy's hair. Edward soon leaves Barton.
  Later while in London, Edward receives word that Elinor is also in London and calls upon her. He wanted to explain himself, but could not because Lucy was also calling upon Elinor. They leave together since Lucy was also going back to Fanny's home in London.
  The next day, it is all over London that Edward and Lucy are engaged. The day before, Anne Steele, Lucy's sister, told Fanny about the engagement, sending Fanny into hysterics. The Miss Steeles are then thrown out of the house. Mrs. Ferrars, hearing about it, informs Edward that if he does not break off the engagement, she will disinherit him; Edward refuses to break his promise to Lucy and is disinherited. Edward's inheritance is transferred to Robert Ferrars, his brother. Edward tells Lucy that if she wants to break the engagement because of his loss of money, he would understand, but Lucy tells him that she will not.
  Elinor tells Edward that Colonel Brandon, a friend of hers, has offered to give him a living after he has been ordained a clergyman after hearing what he has gone through. Edward is astonished, but very grateful to Colonel Brandon and accepts his offer
  Soon after Elinor leaves London, Lucy tells Edward that she is breaking off the engagement. She then marries Robert Ferrars who now has Edward's inheritance. Edward heads over to Devonshire to visit the Dashwoods, who have received word that Lucy Steele and Mr. Ferrars are married, thinking that Mr. Ferrars is Edward and not Robert. Edward informs them that Lucy married his brother and not him. He proposes to Elinor and they become engaged. When they married, Edward takes orders and has the living on Colonel Brandon's estate of Delaford. A couple of years later, Marianne and Colonel Brandon marry and the two couples visit each other frequently.
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1971 Miniseries

1981 Miniseries

1995 Movie

2008 Miniseries

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