Robert Ferrar’s Toothpick Case

Title

Robert Ferrar’s Toothpick Case

Subject

Accessories

Description

Robert Ferrars is first introduced to the Dashwood sisters while he is making an order for a custom toothpick case. While the Dashwoods wait in line, he takes over fifteen minutes to examine all of the toothpick cases in the shop before finally designing his own made of ivory, gold, and pearls. His obsessive attention toward the toothpick case, at the expense of politeness toward the Dashwoods, reveals his vanity and his superficial nature long before Lucy preys on it. It is a symbol for frivolity, contrasting with his brother’s good sense.

Creator

Gray’s in Sackville Street

Source

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Contributor

Brianna Sumption

Type

Novel

Files

13.jpg

Citation

Gray’s in Sackville Street, “Robert Ferrar’s Toothpick Case,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed May 18, 2024, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/277.