The novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen feature the fictional Hunsford Estate. Charlotte Collins, a clergyman, and her husband William live on the estate. Lady Catherine De Bourgh, Mr. Collins’ benefactor, owns the property instead.
The fictitious estate in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is Hunsford Estate. It’s located near Rosings Park in Kent at the Hunsford Parsonage. The clergyman William Collins and his wife Elizabeth live at the house. Mr. Collins accepted a position as the parish preacher, so they moved in afterward. Mr. Collins’ benefactress, Lady Catherine De Bourgh, resides at Rosings Park and owns the property.
When Elizabeth arrives at Hunsford, she is given a tour of the home. “Everything seemed to indicate that they were arriving; the garden sloping down to the road, the house standing in it, the green pales and laurel hedge.” The structure is said to be modest yet well-built and convenient. Elizabeth comments on how clean everything appears as well as on the good proportions of rooms, their aspect, and furnishings. Everything appeared tidy and pleasant.
The garden is a gorgeous size and well-thought-out. Mr. Collins, the owner, maintains it himself: “One of his favorite pastimes was to work in his garden.” Elizabeth gets the chance to tour the home. She discovers that everything has been supplied and placed with such neatness and consistency that Charlotte completely credited her. She comments, “When Mr. Collins was not present, there existed a feeling of great ease throughout the house.” She adds that when Mr. Collins could be overlooked, there was “truly an atmosphere of great calm” throughout the home.
Mr. Collins was not a bright individual; his education and society had only partially assisted nature’s lack; the bulk of his life having been spent under the care of an illiterate, parsimonious father; though he matriculated at one of the schools, he had merely completed necessary courses without making any beneficial connections.
His father’s subjugation had given him a start humility at the outset; but it was now somewhat tempered by the self-conceit of a weak head, who lived in seclusion and the consequential feelings of early and unexpected success.
He had been recommended to Lady Catherine de Bourgh by a happy chance when the living of Hunsford became available; and his regard for her high position, as well as his veneration for her as his patroness, combined with a very excellent opinion of himself, his authority as a clergyman, and his right as a rector to form him into a mélange of conceit and obsequiousness, self-importance and humility.