So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by

Jon Ronson

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Andrew Ferreira Character Analysis

Andrew Ferreira is a former pastor who was outed for having visited a brothel run by Zumba instructor Alexis Wright in Kennebunk, Maine. Though Ferreira expected that because of his position in the faith community in his town, he’d be shamed brutally and publicly, the shaming he dreaded never came—in fact, the revelation of the truth about his secret life brought him closer with his children and made those around him see him as more human.

Andrew Ferreira Quotes in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed quotes below are all either spoken by Andrew Ferreira or refer to Andrew Ferreira. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead Books edition of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed published in 2016.
Chapter 9 Quotes

As it happens, Max’s and Andrew’s sins would in Puritan times have been judged graver than Jonah’s. Jonah, “guilty of lying or publishing false news,” would have been “fined, placed in the stocks for a period not exceeding four hours, or publicly whipped with not more than forty stripes,” according to Delaware law. Whereas Max and Andrew, having “defiled the marriage bed,” would have been publicly whipped (no maximum number was specified), imprisoned with hard labor for at least a year, and on a second offense, imprisoned for life.

But the shifting sands of shameworthiness had shifted away from sex scandals—if you’re a man—to work improprieties and perceived white privilege, and I suddenly understood the real reason why Max had survived his shaming. Nobody cared.

Related Characters: Jon Ronson (speaker), Max Mosley, Andrew Ferreira, Jonah Lehrer, Alexis Wright
Page Number: 185
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Andrew Ferreira Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The timeline below shows where the character Andrew Ferreira appears in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9: A Town Abuzz over Prostitution and a Client List
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...interviews. A few days later, a former church pastor who’d been on the list, Andrew Ferreira, emailed Ronson and agreed to an interview. (full context)
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Ronson interviewed Ferreira, who’d found Alexis on Backpage.com and visited her three times. He stopped seeing her when... (full context)
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But Ronson never heard from Ferreira. Months later, Ronson called him again and Ferreira revealed that there’d been no public shaming.... (full context)
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In Puritan times and at the height of early public shamings, Ferreira’s sins would’ve been graver than Sacco’s or Lehrer’s, but contemporary public shamings seem to sort... (full context)