RORY: What is that?
LORELAI: A hammer.
RORY: It has feathers on it.
LORELAI: So the rhinestones and bows won’t feel lonely.
This is the hammer referred to in the title, Hammers and Veils. Of course Rory can’t go off to help the needy like anyone else – she has to do it in an especially quirky, girly manner that immediately marks her as special and the centre of attention. It’s the Gilmore way.
Rory wouldn’t even buy purple legal pads for school because they’d make her look unprofessional at Chilton, but somehow she’s happy to take a gold-painted, pink feathered hammer to volunteer work which she is doing through Chilton, and for which the hammer would surely be useless. Maybe she’s more relaxed now that she’s one of the top students in her class.
Typically for the show, Rory is running ten minutes late for her volunteer job in this scene.