Does Elizabeth like Lady Catherine, and what does her cousin Mr. Collins think of Lady Catherine's estate in Pride and Prejudice?

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At first, Elizabeth does not know quite what to think of Lady Catherine.  Elizabeth, being strong-minded herself, is not used to people critiquing her especially out in the open.  Lady Catherine is quite disdainful toward Lizzy and makes derogatory comments about Lizzy and her sisters' upbringing--even though she hasn't met any other member of the Bennet family. This causes Elizabeth to be underwhelmed by the woman who commands so much respect in her small corner of England.

In contrast, Mr. Collins is enamored with Rosings and Lady Catherine; he has to be since Lady Catherine is his patroness (the source of his income).  He treats Rosings like a palace and Lady Catherine like the queen.  His sniveling, ingratiating behavior in the Lady's presence and whenever he discusses her sickens Lizzy and makes her more prone to dislike Lady Catherine.

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Eizabeth, "struck with his [Mr. Collins's] extraordinare deference for Lady Catherine" (vol.I, chap.XIII), entertains a detached curiosity to witness for herself this grand lady whom her cousin regards with such awe and reverence. Her first impression of Lady Catherine is not favourable. she was found vain, cold, overbearing and, inspite of her high birth and fortune, often uncouth. Elizabeth's dislike is strengthened by Lady Catherine's obvious condescension to herself. Mr. Collins, on the other hand, treats Lady Catherine with a patent obsequiousness that would have disgusted any person of refinement. Lady Catherine, however, takes it as a due to her wealth and consequence and does not find it incongruous. Mr. Collins's servility, in comic contrast with Elizabeth's clearsightedness, throws into light his self-important, odd, laghable and yet somewhat pathetic character to light.
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