Age: Unknown, but somewhere around Darcy’s age
Primary Residence: Rosings Park in Kent
Parents: Sir Lewis and Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Other Family: Anne de Bourgh is the granddaughter of a previous earl of —, and the niece of the current earl of —. She is cousin to Fitzwilliam and Georgiana Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s elder brother. She was apparently named for her now-deceased aunt, Lady Anne Darcy.
Physical Characteristics: Maria Lucas wonders at how “thin and small” she is. Elizabeth sees her as being pale, thin, small, sickly and cross with insignificant (though not plain) features. Mr. Collins describes her as having a “sickly constitution” and “indifferent health” but being otherwise charming, that she would adorn the rank of duchess rather than be adorned by it, that her health has “deprived the British court of its brightest ornament” and quotes Lady Catherine in saying that she is “far superior to the handsomest of her sex; because there is that in her features which marks the young woman of distinguished birth.”
So basically, we know that she is thin and small and suffers from poor health of some sort.
Personality Characteristics: We don’t know much about her besides that she is typically quiet and apparently is fond of driving her pony cart and that she occasionally stops to speak with Charlotte Collins, but rarely goes into the house. Anne de Bourgh does not have any direct dialogue in the text to let us know more about her.
What to call her:
- Anne – close friends and family
- Miss de Bourgh – everyone else, as Anne is the only daughter it is always correct to address her as Miss de Bourgh (see this post for more information). She does not get to use the title of “lady” because her father was not an earl, marquess, or duke.