Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

13) Who is Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and how does she influence the plot?

Lady Catherine de Bourgh is Mr. Darcy’s aunt and the benefactor to Mr. Collins and his wife, Charlotte, which makes her an important supporting character. She represents the old way of planned marriage and clerical servitude. Lady Catherine says that her daughter must marry Mr. Darcy since it was planned upon her daughter’s birth. Lady Catherine is powerful and tries to forbid Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s marriage, but Elizabeth undoes her power. The old way does not prevail—love does.