Well, that's true; it is a rather exaggerated description of all the men who want to visit Miss Pross's Ladybird. But that's only half of what's happening with the hundreds of people. Remember, their house "was a wonderful corner for echoes." And the sounds of hundreds of footsteps is a constant theme throughout the novel and certainly in this house. The echoing footsteps were a foreshadowing of what was to come--the sound of a Revolution. This constant motif is part of the impending "giant crowd of people, with its rush and roar, bearing down upon them."
"hundreds of people" the humorous title of this chapter, is derived from miss pross's exaggeration of the number of lucie's admireres. miss pross has a great concern for her ladybird (lucie). this concern seems escessive, especially since lucie has just three suitors at the most.this shows miss pross's eccentricity, exaggeration and over-protectiveness to lucie. as she aslo says hundred of people visiting this house because she is jealous of those who shows their interest in lucie. she was very loveing and faithful, she was afraid that her place in lucie's heart was to be taken.