At this point the narrative seems to shift to focus more on Lizzy’s perspective. If the Ladies at Rosings talk about her after she leaves we don’t hear them do it. We get some insights into characters thoughts but not so many as we did in earlier chapters.
I think it’s an interesting contrast that when Bingleys sisters are rude to Lizzy we are told how Darcy felt (“Mr. Darcy felt their rudeness”) where here when lady Catherine is rude we are only told, “Mr. Darcy looked a little ashamed” and left to decide for ourselves what he’s feeling. In some ways I feel like Lizzy has more information about Darcy than we do in these chapters since we are only given a summary, of the conversations they have when he meets her on walks, and of his proposal. The only thing we are told of what Darcy is thinking is after Elizabeth refuses him, “He was struggling for the appearance of composure, and would not open his lips till he believed himself to have attained it.”
One quick peek at his thoughts, “… anything was a welcome relief to him at Rosings; and Mrs. Collins's pretty friend had moreover caught his fancy very much.”
We get a bit more of Charlotte’s thoughts, “she would have liked to believe this change [in Darcy] the effect of love, and the object of that love her friend Eliza… Mrs. Collins did not think it right to press the subject, from the danger of raising expectations which might only end in disappointment; for in her opinion it admitted not of a doubt, that all her friend's dislike would vanish, if she could suppose him to be in her power. In her kind schemes for Elizabeth she sometimes planned her marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam. He was beyond comparison the pleasantest man; he certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but, to counterbalance these advantages, Mr. Darcy had considerable patronage in the church, and his cousin could have none at all”
It’s interesting that here Charlotte seem to think Lizzy will react the way she would. It’s also interesting that she’s a bit like her siblings in that when she thinking about what would be good for Lizzy she also considers which match would be more likely to advance her husband’s career.
Sir William & Maria:
When they first visit Rosings, “When they ascended the steps to the hall, Maria's alarm was every moment increasing” and “Sir William was so completely awed by the grandeur surrounding him, that he had but just courage enough to make a very low bow”. Later “Maria thought speaking out of the question” and the end of their visit Lady Catherine, “was so urgent on the necessity of placing gowns in the only right way, that Maria thought herself obliged, on her return, to undo all the work of the morning, and pack her trunk afresh.”
So far Maria is a very minor character. I think JA must give us her thoughts here, along with her fathers, because the way they are so awed and intimidated by Lady Catherine is such a contrast to Lizzy.