Miss Purina Sansfoy asks the question box moderator about men in Chicago carrying a bowling ball rosary and a sign about the canonization of Barry Fitzgerald (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 43).


Purina is familiar from the brand of animal feeds (e.g. Purina Dog Chow)[1], plus the name sounds feminine and promotes an emphasis on purity.

Foy (or foi) is of French origin, meaning "faith, allegiance"[2].  The prefix sans- makes the name "without faith".


  1. Wikipedia: Ralston Purina
  2. Wiktionary: foy
4. The Question Box

Father BurgerbitzModine ClappMrs. L. S. D.Benozzo GozzoliM. FiorelloGertie FremMrs. A. M.Aunt MinMrs. Annie RuggI. H. SamsonitePurina SansfoySepta TanquerayBecky May TipoverMr. Arthur "Dutch" Wolohan