It’s simple: “test the neck”!
The pear is a fruit of wise and patient connoisseurs, it’s a slow-food, which has its time, and requires a bit of patience and skill, but in return the pear gives you exceptional flavour and nutritional goodness superior to those of many other fruit. That’s why the pear can be a fruit, as well as, a healthy and beneficial snack or dessert.
To find out when your pear is perfectly ripe, ask it by “Feeling its neck” (the British say “check the neck”…). When you’ll take the time to do so, you’ll be surprised at the answer.