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Edward Ferrars Character Analysis

Edward is a kind, honorable gentleman and the brother of Fanny. Early in the novel, he grows close to Elinor, even though he is secretly engaged to Lucy. In Marianne’s opinion, he lacks taste and artistic sensibility, but Elinor admires and loves him. He prioritizes duty and responsibility over money, as is shown when he refuses to break off his engagement with Lucy even when it means losing out on his inheritance. His relationship with Lucy is finally revealed at the end of the novel to be a mostly loveless one, and when their engagement fails, he is finally able to propose to Elinor, the woman he actually loves. Edward is content with a modest, comfortable life as a priest with a wife he loves; he has no lofty ambitions of wealth or social status (much to the chagrin of his mother Mrs. Ferrars).

Edward Ferrars Quotes in Sense and Sensibility

The Sense and Sensibility quotes below are all either spoken by Edward Ferrars or refer to Edward Ferrars. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

Some mothers might have encouraged the intimacy from motives of interest, for Edward Ferrars was the eldest son of a man who had died very rich; and some might have repressed it from motives of prudence, for, except a trifling sum, the whole of his fortune depended on the will of his mother. But Mrs. Dashwood was alike uninfluenced by either consideration. It was enough for her that he appeared to be amiable, that he loved her daughter, and that Elinor returned the partiality. It was contrary to every doctrine of hers that difference of fortune should keep any couple asunder who were attracted by resemblance of disposition.

Related Characters: Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 17
Explanation and Analysis:

A potential romantic interest is developing between Elinor and Edward Ferrars. Far more than in modern times, such a relationship in this milieu was not to be private and limited to the two people involved: instead, it was to be quickly wrapped up in broader economic and social questions involving the entire family and even other members of the community. Here we learn that Edward Ferrars could potentially be rich, but his wealth will depend on his mother's wishes. Austen often describes marriage as a kind of strategic game, and here the strategy of a mother would depend on her appetite for risk.

Mrs. Dashwood, however, is described as lacking any sense of strategy in marrying off her daughters, instead preferring that love guide the way. In a way, Mrs. Dashwood is thus shown in a more positive light than other mothers who care about nothing other than climbing the social ladder. But this novel is also skeptical that love and "resemblance of disposition" alone is enough in arranging a marriage, which, after all, would be the main way by which a woman in particular could ensure stability at this time and place. Mrs. Dashwood's lack of prudence means that Elinor will be on her own in attempting to play the game of class-based social relationships.

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His eyes want all that spirit, that fire, which at once announce virtue and intelligence. And besides all this, I am afraid, mamma, he has no real taste. Music seems scarcely to attract him, and though he admires Elinor’s drawings very much, it is not the admiration of a person who can understand their worth.

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood (speaker), Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

While Mrs. Dashwood is perfectly happy with the relationship between Elinor and Edward Ferrars, Marianne does not feel the same way. In this passage, she judges Edward according to her own hierarchy of taste and merit, and finds him deeply wanting. Marianne highly values knowledge of art and music, which she finds both inherently beautiful as well as telling in terms of the ability of a person to feel deeply and to appreciate beauty around him or her. For Marianne, though, it is not even enough for someone to be able to admire artistic ability in another, if he cannot espouse it himself.

The way Marianne describes Edward is nonetheless vague, from the "spirit" or "fire" that she would like to see in his eyes to the "taste" that she associates with music and art. Marianne clearly holds an ideal of sensibility, but it is not entirely clear what Edward would need to do to prove that he is capable of true feeling, apart from the relatively superficial signs that she mentions to her mother.

Chapter 4 Quotes

You know enough of him to do justice to his solid worth. But of his minuter propensities as you call them you have from peculiar circumstances been kept more ignorant than myself. He and I have been at times thrown a good deal together, while you have been engrossed on the most affectionate principle by my mother. I have seen a great deal of him, have studied his sentiments and heard his opinion on subjects of literature and taste; and, upon the whole, I venture to pronounce that his mind is well-informed, his enjoyment of books exceedingly great, his imagination lively, his observation just and correct, and his taste delicate and pure. . . . At present, I know him so well, that I think him really handsome; or, at least, almost so.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood (speaker), Mrs. Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 22
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor's relationship with Edward Ferrars has progressed to such a point that she can reasonably expect that he will extend an offer of marriage to her. However, at this point nothing is yet certain or official. As she talks with Marianne about the pros and cons of marrying Edward, Elinor is wary of plunging headlong into the possibility of a new life with him. She prefers to remain at a slight distance from the situation, carefully considering why she believes she would be making the right decision in marrying him.

Elinor's balanced, cool judgments will of course be shocking to Marianne, but they also strike a typical reader, versed in the expectations of romance in love and marriage, as surprising in the apparent lack of feeling. It seems that Elinor is not at all implicated in the life of the man she describes, instead attempting to cast impartial judgment on his abilities and worth. However, we have been told from the beginning of the book that just because Elinor is able to remain dispassionate does not mean that she lacks feeling, but instead that she is able to direct and manage it. This passage is almost a caricature of "sense" as a character trait, and yet we are meant not to recoil from Elinor's judgments but to seek to understand her embrace of sense over feeling.

Chapter 23 Quotes

Her resentment of such behaviour, her indignation at having been its dupe, for a short time made her feel only for herself; but other ideas, other considerations, soon arose. Had Edward been intentionally deceiving her? Had he feigned a regard for her which he did not feel? Was his engagement to Lucy an engagement of the heart? No; whatever it might once have been, she could not believe it such at present. His affection was all her own. She could not be deceived in that. Her mother, sisters, Fanny, all had been conscious of his regard for her at Norland; it was not an illusion of her own vanity. He certainly loved her. What a softener of the heart was this persuasion! How much could it not tempt her to forgive!

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars, Lucy Steele
Page Number: 133
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor has learned from Lucy Steele that she and Edward Ferrars are engaged. Understandably unwilling to share the details of her own past with Edward, and committed to remaining calm and friendly to this woman rather than break with decorum and expose her true feelings, Elinor is nonetheless shocked by the news. In great inner turmoil, she returns to the conclusions that she had carefully, cautiously drawn based on what she had experienced with Edward.

At first, Elinor questions these conclusions: but her rational side soon returns, as she recognizes that his character is the same as it always was, and he could not have simply changed his personality so suddenly and briefly. As she returns to the confidence of Edward's love for her, her confusion and shock are somewhat assuaged. She still cannot understand how or why Edward is engaged, but she is confident that he does not love Lucy, and this knowledge - even though, in this world, it may well mean that he could marry Lucy anyway - helps to stabilize her feelings at a difficult moment.

Chapter 35 Quotes

I am very sure that conscience only kept Edward from Harley Street. And I really believe he has the most delicate conscience in the world; the most scrupulous in performing every engagement, however minute, and however it may make against his interest or pleasure. He is the most fearful of giving pain, of wounding expectation, and the most incapable of being selfish, of any body I ever saw.

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood (speaker), Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 229
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor finds herself in an incredibly awkward situation: Lucy, Edward, and she are all in the same room, when Marianne - who is entirely unaware of Lucy's secret engagement with Edward, of course - walks in. This is a classic case of Marianne's sensibility prevailing over any sense of social decorum or subtlety. Even though she was never greatly in favor of Edward as Elinor's suitor, she continues to hint at Edward's feelings for Elinor, and lavishes praise on Edward as she does so. It is even more ironic that she keeps stressing Edward's inability to hurt another human being or to be selfish, as he has certainly hurt Elinor deeply - though, of course, Marianne has no idea of this. Elinor, however, also must learn the difficult lesson that being selfless and subtle can often complicate things more than ease them.

Chapter 37 Quotes

All that Mrs. Ferrars could say to make him put an end to the engagement, assisted too as you may well suppose by my arguments, and Fanny's entreaties, was of no avail. Duty, affection, every thing was disregarded. I never thought Edward so stubborn, so unfeeling before. His mother explained to him her liberal designs, in case of his marrying Miss Morton; told him she would settle on him the Norfolk estate, which, clear of land-tax, brings in a good thousand a-year; offered even, when matters grew desperate, to make it twelve hundred; and in opposition to this, if he still persisted in this low connection, represented to him the certain penury that must attend the match. His own two thousand pounds she protested should be his all; she would never see him again; and so far would she be from affording him the smallest assistance, that if he were to enter into any profession with a view of better support, she would do all in her power to prevent him advancing in it.

Related Characters: John Dashwood (speaker), Fanny Dashwood, Edward Ferrars, Mrs. Ferrars, Miss Morton
Page Number: 249-250
Explanation and Analysis:

Mrs. Ferrars is absolutely hysterical upon learning of her son Edward's engagement with Lucy Steele, and here Marianne and Elinor learn, through John Dashwood, just how far Mrs. Ferrars will go to try to convince Edward to act according to her wishes. In close detail, John Dashwood describes exactly which financial and social rewards she dangles in front of her son, as well as the economic punishments that will ensue if Edward persists in marrying Lucy.

Mrs. Ferrars is acting according to her own understanding of what is proper for a particular social class. Lucy is far below Edward in both rank and income, so while her marriage to Edward would represent a step up for her (and a way to gain greater stability, of course), for Edward it can only represent a social failure. Mrs. Ferrars, however, takes something that is socially common at this time - a concern for class differences - and takes it to its absolute, absurd extreme. Edward, meanwhile, may no longer be in love with Lucy, but his sense of honor prevents him from breaking his engagement with her. Society of course respects honor as well, which is why some people will respect Edward's choice; for others, however, the economic and social clash represented by their engagement is simply too much to stand, so Mrs. Ferrars can only be in the right.

Chapter 48 Quotes

Elinor could sit it no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease. Edward, who had till then looked any where, rather than at her, saw her hurry away, and perhaps saw—or even heard, her emotion; for immediately afterwards he fell into a reverie, which no remarks, no inquiries, no affectionate address of Mrs. Dashwood could penetrate, and at last, without saying a word, quitted the room, and walked out towards the village—leaving the others in the greatest astonishment and perplexity on a change in his situation, so wonderful and so sudden;—a perplexity which they had no means of lessening but by their own conjectures.

Related Characters: Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 335
Explanation and Analysis:

Edward has just shared with the Dashwood family that he has not married Lucy: instead, it is his brother Robert who is now married to her. As soon as she hears this news, Elinor - for the first time in the novel - cannot restrain her own joy. We have recently seen Marianne adopt some of her sister's sense, and now the opposite is taking place, as Elinor seems to have been affected by her sister's sensibility. Of course, some things never change: Elinor still finds it necessary to hide her tears from the company of others, even as it is most likely obvious to Edward how she has reacted.

Just as Marianne's experiences have shown her that sense can be a positive trait, Elinor's emotional outpouring now proves itself to be advantageous, as it seems to show Edward how Elinor truly feels about him, without her having to loudly proclaim her love for him. As the book draws to a close, the polar nodes of sense and sensibility are shown to be less opposites than alternative choices in a certain situation, choices that can be balanced between each other in deciding how to react.

Chapter 49 Quotes

That Lucy had certainly meant to deceive, to go off with a flourish of malice against him in her message by Thomas, was perfectly clear to Elinor; and Edward himself, now thoroughly enlightened on her character, had no scruple in believing her capable of the utmost meanness of wanton ill-nature.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars, Lucy Steele
Page Number: 341
Explanation and Analysis:

As Edward tells Elinor of his childhood infatuation with Lucy, a relationship that went on far longer than it should, she begins to understand better why Edward acted the way he did. As Edward grows in Elinor's esteem, Lucy falls correspondingly. Elinor had always been careful to remain kind and friendly to Lucy, even though she never lost her feelings for Lucy's fiancé, but now she recognizes that Lucy was constantly scheming and was far more conniving than she believed. In some ways, Lucy's behavior makes sense for a woman in a vulnerable social situation, determined to climb her way up in the world. But the novel is unequivocal about condemning the sneaky, deceptive way in which Lucy, for instance, does so. With Lucy's character now firmly in the open, Elinor can take solace in the fact that she need not feel sorry that she can now be with Edward.

One question after this only remained undecided, between them, one difficulty only was to be overcome. They were brought together by mutual affection, with the warmest approbation of their real friends; their intimate knowledge of each other seemed to make their happiness certain—and they only wanted something to live upon. Edward had two thousand pounds, and Elinor one, which, with Delaford living, was all that they could call their own; for it was impossible that Mrs. Dashwood should advance anything; and they were neither of them quite enough in love to think that three hundred and fifty pounds a-year would supply them with the comforts of life.

Related Characters: Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 343
Explanation and Analysis:

Edward knows that he cannot expect much of an income from his mother, since she is most likely still angry at him about his former engagement to Lucy. As readers, we are meant to look down upon Lucy's openly social-climbing behavior - and yet the novel does not embrace love and romance as wholeheartedly as that tone might suggest. After all, while the narrator has sought to portray the poles of sense and sensibility as relatively balanced options, the scales have always been tilted towards the side of sense.

In a society in which marriage is not just a declaration of love but a contract that can be enormously significant in terms of social and economic status and mobility, it is not something to be treated lightly, according to the novel. Nor is an emphasis on practical matters like income to be considered anti-romantic: indeed, love and mutual affection is only possible, the novel argues, when there is a strong base of stability undergirding it. Financial stability, then, is valued even as full-throated greed is looked down upon, and love is able to coexist with an interest in material comforts rather than remain as a sphere apart.

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Edward Ferrars Character Timeline in Sense and Sensibility

The timeline below shows where the character Edward Ferrars appears in Sense and Sensibility. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...living at Norland that much, because of a “growing attachment” between Elinor and Fanny’s brother, Edward Ferrars. The narrator notes that some mothers might have been worried about Edward’s fortune, which... (full context)
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Edward’s family wanted him to seek some kind of distinguished career, but he simply desired “domestic... (full context)
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Mrs. Dashwood thought that Edward and Elinor would certainly be married before long. She told this to Marianne, who lamented... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Marianne told Elinor that she thought Edward had no taste, but Elinor objected, saying he had “an innate propriety and simplicity of... (full context)
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...shocked that Marianne would speak so certainly of this marriage, but admitted that she esteemed Edward. Marianne called her cold for using such an unemotional word. Elinor told her sister that... (full context)
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Marianne was certain that Elinor and Edward would be engaged, though Elinor herself was unsure. When Fanny learned of Edward’s possible affection... (full context)
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Mrs. Dashwood announced her planned move to everyone at Norland. Edward was dismayed to learn that they would be going so far from Norland. Mrs. Dashwood... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Alone with her mother at their cottage, Marianne told her that she worried Edward might be sick, because he had not yet visited them at Barton. Mrs. Dashwood, though,... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...read, talk, and sing together. For Marianne, he had “all the sensibility and spirit which Edward had unfortunately wanted.” Mrs. Dashwood began to hope that the two might marry and thought... (full context)
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...to be Willoughby. But, when the man came closer, they saw that he was actually Edward Ferrars. He, Elinor, and Marianne walked back to the cottage, where Edward was welcomed gladly. (full context)
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To the surprise of Marianne, Edward did not seem particularly excited or joyous to see everyone. She was further perturbed when... (full context)
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Edward asked how the Dashwoods were enjoying Barton, and Marianne said that the Middletons were unpleasant.... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Edward gradually grew warmer toward the Dashwoods, but Mrs. Dashwood still sensed some coldness on his... (full context)
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Marianne agreed with Edward’s (lack of) plans, saying that grandeur has nothing to do with happiness. But Elinor said... (full context)
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...love more wealth and imagined how they would use more money if they had it. Edward joked that Marianne would spend all her money on music and books, saying that he... (full context)
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Elinor couldn’t help but notice Edward’s seeming unhappiness. The next morning at breakfast, Marianne left Edward and Elinor by themselves, attempting... (full context)
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Marianne saw a ring on Edward’s finger that had a lock of hair in it. She asked if it was Fanny’s... (full context)
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...out, “Impossible! Who is to dance?” Sir John said he wished Willoughby was around and Edward asked who Willoughby was, which made Marianne blush, giving away her feelings for him. (full context)
Chapter 19
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Edward stayed for a week at the Dashwood’s cottage, and then said he had to go.... (full context)
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Elinor felt sad when Edward left, but didn’t allow her emotions to show, in great contrast to how Marianne had... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...her man with the name beginning with F, and eventually told them that it was Edward Ferrars. Anne Steele said that they knew Edward, but Lucy corrected her and said they... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...Elinor and Lucy were walking together to Barton Cottage, Lucy asked Elinor whether she knew Edward’s mother, Mrs. Ferrars. (full context)
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...want to trouble Elinor with. Finally, she admitted to Elinor that she was engaged to Edward. (full context)
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...to show her amazement. Lucy said that it was a secret engagement, that only she, Edward, and Anne knew about. She said she and Edward had been engaged for four years.... (full context)
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...Because Lucy did not have a fortune, she feared Mrs. Ferrars would not approve of Edward marrying her. She told Elinor that Edward had been staying with the Steeles before he... (full context)
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Lucy showed Elinor a letter from Edward and Elinor recognized Edward’s handwriting. Lucy mentioned that she had given Edward a lock of... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Unable to doubt the truth of Lucy’s story, Elinor wondered whether Edward had been intentionally leading her on and deceiving her. She thought perhaps he had become... (full context)
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Thinking of Edward’s difficult position with his mother, Elinor wept “for him, more than for herself.” She kept... (full context)
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Elinor wanted to speak to Lucy again soon, to determine if she really loved Edward. But the next few times she saw Lucy at various social engagements, she didn’t have... (full context)
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...piano, and this music offered enough cover for Elinor to talk quietly with Lucy about Edward. (full context)
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Elinor broached the subject of Edward with Lucy, who worried she had offended Elinor. Elinor said she hadn’t, even though Lucy... (full context)
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Elinor said that Lucy was fortunate that Edward still loved her after four years, since the “reciprocal attachment” would fail for many people... (full context)
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Lucy told Elinor that Edward desired to become a priest and she asked Elinor to ask if John Dashwood would... (full context)
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...winter, and Elinor said she would not. Their conversation concluded, and Elinor was sure that Edward was stuck in a loveless engagement and that Lucy was merely self-interested, not really in... (full context)
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From that time on, Elinor never spoke about Edward again with Lucy, although Lucy took every opportunity to tell Elinor happily whenever she got... (full context)
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...much, even without Elinor. Elinor saw how much Marianne desired to go, and, knowing that Edward would be in London in February, hoped that they would be gone before then, so... (full context)
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...Elinor to go, Mrs. Dashwood hinted that she might be able to spend time with Edward and the Ferrars family. Elinor said that she was indifferent toward the Ferrars family, which... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...and Marianne, reflecting on how much more hopeful Marianne’s situation was than her own with Edward. They arrived at Mrs. Jennings’ place in London, which was “handsome, and handsomely fitted up.” (full context)
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...said that Elinor had no idea how she felt, unaware of what had happened with Edward. Marianne insisted that nothing could take away her misery. Elinor learned that Marianne and Willoughby... (full context)
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...good for Elinor. Elinor, though, didn’t want to be in London where she might encounter Edward, but thought that staying would be good for Marianne. (full context)
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John mentioned that Edward Ferrars was to be married soon, as his mother had matched him up with a... (full context)
Chapter 34
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...to join the group, and talked with Elinor about how anxious she was to see Edward in town. Not wanting their relationship to become known, the two had not yet met... (full context)
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...attend, and Elinor was eager to see what she was like, though she was worried Edward might be there, too. Lucy was extremely excited for the dinner and for the opportunity... (full context)
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Before the dinner, Lucy told Elinor that Edward would not be able to attend, much to Elinor’s relief. At the dinner, Elinor and... (full context)
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...Ferrars wouldn’t be her mother-in-law. She appeared to be very fond of Lucy, unaware that Edward and she were engaged. Lucy was very happy that Mrs. Ferrars liked her. (full context)
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...get a sense of her character and was almost happy that she wasn’t engaged to Edward, because it meant she wouldn’t have to worry about his mother. The next time Lucy... (full context)
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...a reason to go visit Fanny, she was sure she could spend time there with Edward. She continued to talk about how much Mrs. Ferrars appeared to like her, and was... (full context)
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...talking for a bit, she left to go get Marianne. Marianne was overjoyed to see Edward, unaware of the tension between him, Lucy, and Elinor. (full context)
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Marianne suggested that Edward take her and Elinor back to Barton in a couple weeks. Edward mumbled something that... (full context)
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Edward left, and Lucy shortly after him. Marianne said to Elinor that it was odd Lucy... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...ordering the toothpick case at the jeweler. John introduced him to her as Robert Ferrars, Edward’s brother. (full context)
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Robert was very different from Edward, and appeared to dislike Elinor, much like his mother. He said that Edward lacked social... (full context)
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...Steeles. Lucy showed the invitation to Elinor excitedly, seeing it as further proof of how Edward’s family was fond of her. The Steele sisters went to stay with Fanny and John,... (full context)
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Mrs. Jennings asked what he meant, and he explained that Edward’s engagement to Lucy had been found out. Upon hearing of the engagement, Fanny “fell into... (full context)
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Elinor was anxious to hear what Mrs. Ferrars would do when she found out about Edward’s engagement. She told the news to Marianne and took care not to “represent herself as... (full context)
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...felt sorry for Elinor, but Elinor assured her that she was no longer sad over Edward and had come to peace with his marrying Lucy. Marianne was amazed at the ease... (full context)
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...visit, and described how Mrs. Ferrars suffered and was “in agony” when she heard of Edward’s engagement. She disinherited Edward and said she would never see him again. Edward, however, would... (full context)
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...did not dislike Lucy, but that “the connection must be impossible.” John told everyone that Edward had left and no one knew where he was now. He pitied Edward for his... (full context)
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John said that all of Edward’s inheritance had now gone to his younger brother Robert. He again said that he pitied... (full context)
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Mrs. Jennings, Elinor, and Marianne all felt compassion for Edward. For the next few days, they heard no more news about the matter. One day,... (full context)
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...Lucy, and Elinor told her she wasn’t. Anne said that false rumors were spreading that Edward was going to leave Lucy, as “nobody in their senses could expect Mr. Ferrars to... (full context)
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Edward had come to Lucy, and Anne overheard him telling Lucy that they should abandon the... (full context)
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Anne spoke of how rudely Mrs. Ferrars, John, and Fanny behaved with the matter of Edward’s engagement, before having to leave. When Mrs. Jennings and Elinor were in their carriage on... (full context)
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The next morning, Elinor received a letter from Lucy, saying that she and Edward were happy together even after the troubles they had gone through. She said that she... (full context)
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However, what Elinor and Brandon were actually talking about was Edward. Having learned that Edward had been disinherited by his mother, Brandon decided to give him... (full context)
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Brandon did not think that the living at Delaford would be sufficient for both Edward and a wife, though, and said that it could only “make Mr. Ferrars comfortable as... (full context)
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...asked her not to spread the news, until she had a chance to write to Edward. Mrs. Jennings was puzzled as to why Elinor would write to Edward, but then thought... (full context)
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After Mrs. Jennings left, Elinor tried to start writing to Edward, but was interrupted when Edward himself arrived at the door. Both of them were embarrassed... (full context)
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Edward was surprised and overwhelmed with gratitude. He called Brandon “a man of great worth and... (full context)
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...up. Mrs. Jennings said that the living at Delaford would be more than enough for Edward and Lucy to live comfortably. She was confident they would be married soon. (full context)
Chapter 41
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Lucy and Edward were both equally happy and grateful to Elinor and Colonel Brandon. After this development, Elinor... (full context)
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...wanted “to be of use to Mr. Ferrars.” John cautioned Elinor not to speak of Edward with Fanny, as it would upset her. (full context)
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...Mrs. Ferrars was unaware of the recent news and said that he thought she and Edward would reconcile when he married Lucy. He said that Mrs. Ferrars was “one of the... (full context)
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...choice in the matter, but John said that there was no difference between Robert and Edward from her point of view, as he had received Edward’s former fortune. John then told... (full context)
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...point, Robert Ferrars entered. John went to go get Fanny, and Robert began talking of Edward. He laughed at the idea of Edward becoming a priest. Elinor couldn’t help but show... (full context)
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...and the Dashwood family was happily reunited. Meanwhile, Elinor “grew impatient for some tidings of Edward.” One day, she spoke with a servant, who told her that “Mr. Ferrars” was married.... (full context)
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Elinor now realized, by how much Edward’s wedding upset her, that she had always held an unlikely hope that Edward and Lucy’s... (full context)
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...visit soon, and Elinor looked forward to his arrival, as he might have news of Edward. Just when Elinor was expecting Brandon, a gentleman came to the cottage. But it was... (full context)
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Edward entered the cottage, “white with agitation,” as the Dashwoods nervously waited for him to say... (full context)
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Edward explained that Lucy had married his brother Robert. On hearing this news, Elinor had to... (full context)
Chapter 49
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Edward’s purpose in coming to Barton Cottage was to propose to Elinor. About three hours after... (full context)
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Edward explained to Elinor that he had foolishly fallen in love with Lucy when he was... (full context)
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Elinor, meanwhile, “was every thing by turns but tranquil.” Edward stayed at the cottage for a week, enjoying spending time with Elinor. Elinor was puzzled... (full context)
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Edward showed Elinor a letter he had received from Lucy while he was in Oxford. In... (full context)
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...to deceive her when she spoke to the servant who gave her the impression that Edward and Lucy had married. Edward said that he had given Lucy the option of breaking... (full context)
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Elinor scolded Edward a bit for leading her on at Norland, when he was engaged to another, and... (full context)
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Now that Edward and Elinor were “brought together by mutual affection,” the only remaining question for them was... (full context)
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Four days after Edward’s arrival, Colonel Brandon came to Barton Cottage. He enjoyed the company of the Dashwoods, and... (full context)
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...about Lucy, which communicated “her honest indignation against the jilting girl,” and her pity for Edward. John also wrote Elinor a letter, saying how unfortunate Mrs. Ferrars was, as neither of... (full context)
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Seeing John’s letter, Edward now determined to “attempt a reconciliation” with his mother, though he did not want to... (full context)
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Mrs. Ferrars eventually did forgive Edward, and called him her son again. He told her of his engagement to Elinor and,... (full context)
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Edward and Elinor were married in the fall and happily settled into their life at Delaford.... (full context)
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Mrs. Ferrars visited Edward and Elinor and made a pretense of “decent affection,” though her “real favour and preference”... (full context)
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Robert had visited Lucy only to persuade her to give up her engagement to Edward, but as he met with her more and more, they began to develop affections for... (full context)
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...“marriage divided her as little from her family as could well be contrived.” Mrs. Dashwood, Edward, and Elinor all hoped that Marianne and Colonel Brandon would marry. Gradually, Marianne came around... (full context)