1 I believe him to be Lady Catherine's nephew.
2 I knew nothing at all of Lady Catherine's connections.
3 Lady Lucas herself has often said so, and envied me Jane's beauty.
4 Lady Catherine de Bourgh," she replied, "has very lately given him a living.
5 Lady Lucas was a very good kind of woman, not too clever to be a valuable neighbour to Mrs. Bennet.
6 Lady Catherine was reckoned proud by many people he knew, but he had never seen anything but affability in her.
7 Lady Catherine de Bourgh's attention to his wishes, and consideration for his comfort, appeared very remarkable.
8 Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know, they visit no newcomers.
9 Her indifferent state of health unhappily prevents her being in town; and by that means, as I told Lady Catherine one day, has deprived the British court of its brightest ornament.
10 I happened to overhear the gentleman himself mentioning to the young lady who does the honours of the house the names of his cousin Miss de Bourgh, and of her mother Lady Catherine.
11 Elizabeth was chiefly struck by his extraordinary deference for Lady Catherine, and his kind intention of christening, marrying, and burying his parishioners whenever it were required.
12 I have more than once observed to Lady Catherine, that her charming daughter seemed born to be a duchess, and that the most elevated rank, instead of giving her consequence, would be adorned by her.
13 He answered me with the utmost civility, and even paid me the compliment of saying that he was so well convinced of Lady Catherine's discernment as to be certain she could never bestow a favour unworthily.
14 Lady Catherine herself says that, in point of true beauty, Miss de Bourgh is far superior to the handsomest of her sex, because there is that in her features which marks the young lady of distinguished birth.
15 Lady Lucas quieted her fears a little by starting the idea of his being gone to London only to get a large party for the ball; and a report soon followed that Mr. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly.
16 He protested that, except Lady Catherine and her daughter, he had never seen a more elegant woman; for she had not only received him with the utmost civility, but even pointedly included him in her invitation for the next evening, although utterly unknown to her before.
17 A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which he felt for her high rank, and his veneration for her as his patroness, mingling with a very good opinion of himself, of his authority as a clergyman, and his right as a rector, made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.
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