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and Elizabeth saw much to be pleased with, though she could not
be in such raptures as Mr. Collins expected the scene to inspire,
and was but slightly affected by his enumeration of the windows
in front of the house, and his relation of what the glazing
altogether had originally cost Sir Lewis de Bourgh.

When they ascended the steps to the hall, Maria’s alarm was every
moment increasing, and even Sir William did not look perfectly
calm. Elizabeth’s courage did not fail her. She had heard nothing of
Lady Catherine that spoke her awful
from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue, and the mere
stateliness of money and rank she thought she could witness
without trepidation.

From the entrance-hall, of which Mr. Collins pointed out, with a
rapturous air, the fine proportion and finished ornaments, they
followed the servants through an antechamber, to the room where
Lady Catherine, her daughter, and Mrs. Jenkinson were sitting.
Her ladyship, with great condescension, arose to receive them; and
as Mrs. Collins had settled it with her husband that the office of
introduction should be hers, it was performed in a proper manner,
without any of those apologies and thanks which he would have
thought necessary.

In spite of having been at St. James’s Sir William was so completely
awed by the grandeur surrounding him, that he had but just
courage enough to make a very low bow, and take his seat without
saying a word; and his daughter, frightened almost out of her
senses, sat on the edge of her chair, not knowing which way to
look. Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene, and could
observe the three ladies before her composedly.- Lady Catherine
was a tall, large woman, with strongly-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 visitors
forget their inferior rank. She was not rendered formidable by
silence; but whatever she said was spoken in so authoritative a
tone, as marked her self-importance, and brought Mr. Wickham
immediately to Elizabeth’s mind; and from the observation of the
day altogether, she believed Lady Catherine to be exactly what he
had represented.

When, after examining the mother, in whose countenance and
deportment she soon found some resemblance of Mr. Darcy, she
turned her eyes on the daughter, she could almost have joined in
Maria’s astonishment at her being so thin and so small. There was
neither in figure nor face any likeness between the ladies. Miss de
Bourgh was pale and sickly; her features, though not plain, were
insignificant; and she spoke very little, except in a low voice, to
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