As Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth arrive at Pemberley, Elizabeth is delighted and thinks that:
She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!
All throughout her tour of Pemberley, Elizabeth is pleased with the order and harmony she witnesses. The hall, which the housekeeper shows them around, is gracious, tasteful, and "elegant," a word of high praise in Austen, as are the grounds. The landscape is as natural as possible.
Pemberley becomes a metonymy for Mr. Darcy , which is when an object or thing communicates the attributes of a person. Because Mr. Darcy is in charge of Pemberley—he is lord of the estate—the estate reflects his character. What it reveals, to Elizabeth's eyes, is Mr. Darcy's wealth, taste, lack of pretense, order, competence at running his home, and...
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