A Study in Scarlet

Lucy Ferrier Character Analysis

John Ferrier’s adopted daughter, Lucy grows up in the Mormon community as a strong and beautiful young woman. Eventually she falls in love with Jefferson Hope, a Gentile who becomes her fiancé. Though the Mormons refuse to allow her to marry a non-Mormon, she and her father escape with Hope. However, after the Mormons recapture her and kill her father, she is forced by the Mormons to become one of Enoch Drebber’s wives. A month after her marriage, Lucy dies, presumably out of grief or a broken heart.

Lucy Ferrier Quotes in A Study in Scarlet

The A Study in Scarlet quotes below are all either spoken by Lucy Ferrier or refer to Lucy Ferrier. 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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Part 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

He had always determined, deep down in his resolute heart, that nothing would ever induce him to allow his daughter to wed a Mormon. Such a marriage he regarded as no marriage at all, but as a shame and a disgrace. Whatever he might think of the Mormon doctrines, upon that one point he was inflexible.

Related Characters: John Ferrier, Lucy Ferrier
Page Number: 88
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Part 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

“We have come,” continued Stangerson, “at the advice of our fathers to solicit the hand of your daughter for whichever of us may seem good to you and to her. As I have but four wives and Brother Drebber here has seven, it appears to me that my claim is the stronger one.”

“Nay, nay, Brother Stangerson,” cried the other; “the question is not how many wives we have, but how many we can keep. My father has now given over his mills to me, and I am the richer man.”

“But my prospects are better,” said the other, warmly. “When the Lord removes my father, I shall have his tanning yard and his leather factory. Then I am your elder, and am higher in the Church.”

“It will be for the maiden to decide,” rejoined young Drebber, smirking at his own reflection in the glass. “We will leave it all to her decision.”

Related Characters: Enoch Drebber (speaker), Joseph Stangerson (speaker), John Ferrier, Lucy Ferrier, Enoch Drebber, Elder Stangerson
Page Number: 93-94
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Part 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

“It don’t much matter to you why I hated these men,” he said; “it’s enough that they were guilty of the death of two human beings — a father and a daughter — and that they had, therefore, forfeited their own lives. After the lapse of time that has passed since their crime, it was impossible for me to secure a conviction against them in any court. I knew of their guilt though, and I determined that I should be judge, jury, and executioner all rolled into one. You’d have done the same, if you have any manhood in you, if you had been in my place.”

Related Characters: Jefferson Hope (speaker), Sherlock Holmes, John H. Watson, John Ferrier, Lucy Ferrier, Enoch Drebber, Joseph Stangerson, Lestrade, Tobias Gregson
Page Number: 113
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Lucy Ferrier Character Timeline in A Study in Scarlet

The timeline below shows where the character Lucy Ferrier appears in A Study in Scarlet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 1: On the Great Alkali Plain
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The man introduces himself as John Ferrier and decides to adopt the child, Lucy, as his daughter. The travellers tell him that they believe in Joseph Smith’s teachings and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2: The Flower of Utah
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John Ferrier and Lucy accompanied the Mormons all the way to Utah. Lucy had stayed in Elder Stangerson’s wagon... (full context)
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Lucy thrived on John Ferrier’s farm and grew into a tall, and strong young woman whose... (full context)
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...himself as Jefferson Hope, the son of one of Ferrier’s friends in St. Louis. After Lucy invites him to visit the Ferriers later on, they part ways, with Hope now overcome... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3: John Ferrier Talks With the Prophet
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...left, and Ferrier reflects on his daughter’s upcoming marriage. While Ferrier is sad to lose Lucy, he is glad that Hope makes her so happy, especially as Hope isn’t a Mormon.... (full context)
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...because he has not taken any wives. However, the reason for Young’s visit is actually Lucy, and the growing rumors of her engagement to a Gentile (usually a non-Jewish person but... (full context)
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Ferrier ponders how to break the news to Lucy, but she has already overheard Young’s orders. Ferrier decides to send a message to Hope... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4: A Flight for Life
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...his sitting room. Enoch Drebber and Joseph Stangerson introduce themselves and compare their claims for Lucy’s hand in marriage. Stangerson argues that he has the better claim, as he has only... (full context)
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Lucy tries to calm her father down, assuring him that Hope will return soon. In desperate... (full context)
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...day a 2 appears on his wall, Ferrier is despairing of what will become of Lucy when he hears a quiet tap on his door. Wondering if it his enemies, he... (full context)
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...to the horses. They are walking into the cornfield when Hope suddenly stops Ferrier and Lucy, as two men appear, exchanging secret signals “Nine to seven” and “Seven to five.” After... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5: The Avenging Angels
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...he finds his way back difficult, as it is nearly dark. With the thought of Lucy to keep him going, Hope finally recognizes his surroundings and, five hours after he left,... (full context)
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...horse hoofs, which turned back to the city. He concludes that men must have taken Lucy and Ferrier with them. Yet not far from the camp is a freshly dug pile... (full context)
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...is unwilling to be seen talking with Hope, he reluctantly tells Hope what happened to Lucy. Stangerson had shot her father, and she had been forced to marry Drebber. Cowper remarks... (full context)
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Hope then leaves for the mountains and lives in the wilderness. Within a month, Lucy dies, perhaps because of her grief over her father or “the effects of the hateful... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6: A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D.
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Returning to his story, Hope claims that he saw John and Lucy Ferrier smiling at him as he was about to enact his revenge. As Drebber was... (full context)