• From my understanding of the times (bearing in mind I have not read the book!) I would assume from her title, Lady, that she is now the widow of the estate owner and with her husbands passing takes over the estate. With no male heirs, and only one daughter she is allowed pass it on as it will still be in her deceased husbands name.
  • Well, Mr. Bennett does have a male heir: Mr. Collins. Apparently Lady Catherine's daughter is the only available heir. Maybe nephews don't count, seeing as Mr. Darcy and his brother are both around.
  • its due to stature, lady cathrine was a highly esteemed woman, whereas Mr Bennet was a old man with 5 daughters.

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