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|A testament of the Ferras family....
Written by Mandy N
(10/19/2006 8:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ugly Ferrars, inside and outů, penned by Robbin
The people who seem most sharply criticized for their misuse of wealth is the Ferras family.
The narrator also suggests, that socially speaking, the origins of the Ferras family are not elevated. They have no relations except the Dashwoods by marriage. Why are Mrs Ferras and Fanny so keen for Edward to enter politics or at least drive a barouche ? Why are they so opposed to Elinor's marrying Edward ? Possibly they are a family of newly established wealth bent on securing their place in society ?
Apart from Edward, the Ferras family have little personal merit.
Robert is a fop and a dandy, of no more significance than his showy toothpick cases. Yet the Chronicle of Robert Ferras does not end there. As a man of fashion he indulged in the cult of rusticity. In ch. 36, he declares himself 'excessively fond of a cottage'.
* I am still trying to figure out Robert's unusual talent for 'twisting his head into a bow'. ;D
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