Chapters 23-41

Personality Traits

1. Lady Catherine appears to be an aristocratic, wealthy, eldery woman who live in the upper crust of society, and expects people to giver her their undying respect no matter the circumstance. Although she is very high up on the social pyiramid she does not flaunt her wealth in front of her guests WHAT?, but instead welcomes them into her company and makes them feel as if they are equals. "Lady Catherine was a tall, large woman, with strongley marked features, which might once have been handsome. Her air was not conciliating, nor was her manner of receiving them such as to make her visitros forget their inferior rank" (146).2. She is also a very powerful woman who has the abillity to command the attention in a room, but at the same time she is also very greatful of her company WHAT?. Lady Catherine is also very intelligent NO SHE JUST THINKS SHE KNOWS EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHES POMPOUS AND SELF IMPORTANT and has an opinion on almost every topic, for she never ceases to stop talking throughout her parties. "When the ladies returned to the drawing-room there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subjuct in so decisive a manner as proved that she was not used to have her judgemnt controverted" (147).3. Lady Catherine is also very judegmental of others, espiecally when they do not conform to what the norm of society is. She believes that the norm of society is what is not only expected of people, but what they need to do to be happy, for she is very surprised by the fact that the Bennet girls are not "normal" girls. "That is very strange. But I suppose you had no opprotunity. Your mother should hav etaken you to town every spring for the benefit of your masters.' Elizabeth:'My mother would have no objection, but my father hates London.' Lady Catherine: Has your governess left you? We never had any governess. No governess! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without a governess! I never heard of such a thing..." (148).4. She is also a very likeable person WHAT EVERYBODY HATES HER BECAUSE SHE'S THE WORST who wishes that all people she meets will like her as well. Her demanding personality attracts many people, including Elizabeth, whom Lady Cathiern is very displeased at her somewhat early departure from her society. "Why at that rate, you will have been here only six weeks. I expected you to stay two months. I tols Mrs. Collins so before you came. There can be no occasion for your going so soon. Mrs. Bennet could certainly spare you for another fortnight. But my father cannot. He wrote so last to week to hurry my return. Oh, your father, fo course, may spare your, if your mother can. Daughters are nevrr of so much consequences ot a father. And i you will stay another month complete, it will be in my power to take one you as far as London.....and, indeed, if the weather should happen to be cool, I should not object to taking you both, as you are neither of you large" (188).


Lady Catherine is a stereotype of the eldery woman in society who is wealthy, prominent, power, influential, and very admirable. She sort of looks after society and makes sure everything runs smoothly and is in order, much like how Lady Catherine treats Elizabeth during her stay. The woman whom Lady Catherine resembles also loves seeing others repsect and like her, she ffeds off of their gratification towards her and in return makes sure she treats them the same. Austen uses Lady Catherine as a satirical poke at what society demands of the younger generation in society. "Ay, no doubt; but that is whatr a governess willl prevent, and if I had known your mother, I should have advised her most strenuously to engage one. I always say that nothing is to be odone in education withoudt steady and reualr insruction, and nobody but a govenrmess can give it. It is wonderful how many families I have been the maeans of supplying in that way. I am always glad to get a young person well placed out. Four nieces of Mrs. JEnkinson are most delightfully situates thorugh my menas, and it was but the othe rday that I recommended anohter young person, who was merely accidentally mentioned to me, and the family are quite delighted with her" (149).
Characteristics of Neoclassism

1) Stressed order: Lady Catherine seems to continually stress the importance of order: in both rank and order in how she expects others to treat her.
“Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed. She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved.”(146)
"While they were dressing [Mr. Collins] came two or three times to their different doors to recommend their being quick, as Lady Catherine very much objected to be kept waiting for her dinner."
2) Sees man as limited and imperfect and in constant need of improvement: Lady Catherine enjoys giving advice and helping “improve” anyone she comes in contact with, especially Elizabeth.
“Do you play or sing, Miss Bennet?
“A little”
“Oh, then-some time or other we shall be happy to hear you. Our instrument is a capital one, probably superior to-you shall try it some day. Do your sisters play and sing?
“one of them does”
“Why did you not all learn? You ought all to have learned. The Miss Webbs all play, and their father has not so good income as yours. Do you draw?”
“No, not at all.”
“What! none of you?”
“No one.”
“That is very strange.” (148)

How he/she is viewed by Lady Catherine
How they view Lady Catherine
Lady Catherine seems to have a lot of advice for Elizabeth. She enjoys critiquing her lifestyle and how she was educated. Lady Catherine especially stresses the importance of the arts, especially to her.
Elizabeth takes Lady Catherine’s “advice” well. She knows that not contradicting Lady Catherine is a good idea. She knows, in her own mind, that the accusations made by lady Catherine are false. That her upbringing was fine despite not having the “necessities” of a governess or stress on the arts.
Darcy -Nephew
Little interaction, but she seems to give special attention to her nephews

Colonel Fitzwilliam-Nephew