How does Austen tell the story in Chapter 29?

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How does Austen tell the story in Chapter 29?
Austen introduces the reader to Lady Catherine to as well as to Elizabeth in this chapter.
This helps the reader to form a viewpoint of Lady Catherine which is important for the telling
of the story. In this chapter `Elizabeth's courage does not fail her' to speak her mind to Lady
Catherine, although the lady herself is not used to being spoken back to in such as manner.
The reader learns that lady Catherine `likes to have the distinction of rank preserved' this is
ironic for later on in the novel because Elizabeth goes against what Lady Catherine and
accepts the proposal to marry Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy is Lady Catherine's nephew.
Lizzie's confidence towards Lady Catherine shows that she is not afraid of who she is and
does not allow the fact that she is at a lesser social ranking to demine herself. She addresses
Lady Catherine as she would to any other person and shocks the Lady when she refuses to
disclose her age. This sets up the later confrontation that Lady Catherine and Elizabeth have
at Longbourne over Mr Darcy. Lady Catherine's disproval is evident when she becomes
shocked at the way the Bennett girls have been raised, she questions Elizabeth about her
family and seems to not enjoy what she hears about the family.


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