From what Mr. C has said so far
Written by Chandra S
(1/21/2004 2:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another question in chapter 16, penned by Nasima
Lady Catherine is
-tremendously condescending, even going so far as to invite her clergy to dinner. Since this was common, it would only be a condescension if she made it one by making Mr. C feel her elevated status keenly
- vain about her sickly daughter's "true beauty"
- flattered by Mr. C's idiotic compliments
- so micromanaging that she could dictate where he should put the shelves in his own home
- so comfortable in her right to enter into his personal business that she advised him to marry as soon as possible
I indeed formed my opinion of Lady Catherine in my first reading of Mr. Collins' description of her, and it matches Lizzy's opinion well. I think there was plenty of evidence for suspecting her of arrogance and conceit.
Now, as to whether it was appropriate for her to speak ill of the lady to a brand new acquaintance, or indeed to anyone else, that is another matter.