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|Too early for visiting…
Written by Robbin
(6/24/2007 8:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Considering Lady Catherine manners in Longbourn, penned by Graciela
They were of course all intending to be surprised; but their astonishment was beyond their expectation, and on the part of Mrs. Bennet and Kitty, though she was perfectly unknown to them, even inferior to what Elizabeth felt. (Chapter 56)
I think the early visit was unusual but I think the surprise and astonishment is primarily due to the unknown equipage and livery which no one recognizes.
I think Lady Catherine would be rude during her visit to Longbourn at any time of the day considering she is angry and the mission she was on—to stop Lizzy from marrying her nephew. IMO Lady Catherine was showing her distain by showing up at an impolite hour—a kind of double-whammy, rude by showing up too early and rude in her behavior.
I think the time of the visit is stated in the text to illustrate Lady Catherine’s distain for the family but neither Lizzy nor Mrs. Bennet seems to take offense at the early hour. Mrs. Bennet focuses on the compliment of the visit while Lizzy recognizes Lady Catherine is more than usually ungracious and puzzled by the reason for the visit.
I think if Lady Catherine had been delivering a letter, it would be considered a great favor and a compliment to the sender at the very least and the time of her arrival at Longbourn would matter little, especially if she was stopping on her journey just to deliver a letter. ;D
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