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The charms of Miss Bates

Why is it everyone likes Miss Bates so much?

“Her daughter [Miss Bates] enjoyed a most uncommon degree of popularity for a woman neither young, handsome, rich, nor married. Miss Bates stood in the very worst predicament in the world for having much of the public favour; and she had no intellectual superiority to make atonement to herself or frighten those who might hate her into outward respect.  She had never boasted either beauty or cleverness.  Her youth had passed without distinction, and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother and the endeavor to make a small income go as far as possible.  And yet she was a happy woman, a woman whom no one named without goodwill.  It was her own universal goodwill and contented temper which worked such wonders.  She loved everybody, was interested in everybody’s happiness, quick-sighted to everybody’s merits; thought herself a most fortunate creature, and surrounded with blessings in such an excellent mother and so many good neighbors and friends and a home that wanted for nothing.  The simplicity and cheerfulness of her nature, her contented and grateful spirit, were a recommendation to everybody and a mine of felicity to herself.”

Emma, volume 1, chapter 3

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A great talker

“She was a great talker upon little matters . . . full of trivial communications and harmless gossip.”

Our dear Miss Bates
Emma, volume 1, chapter 3

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Three things very dull indeed

“‘Three things very dull indeed.’ That will just do for me, you know.  I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth, shan’t I? . . . Do not you all think I shall?”

Miss Bates at the picnic at Box Hill
Emma, volume 3, chapter 7

Some days I empathize with poor Miss Bates!

This pic is of me at Box Hill during my trip.

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Badly done, Emma

“It was badly done, indeed! You, whom she had known from an infant, whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour, to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the moment, laugh at her, humble her–and before her niece, too–and before others, many of whom (certainly some,) would be entirely guided by your treatment of her.–This is not pleasant to you, Emma–and it is very far from pleasant to me; but I must, I will,–I will tell you truths while I can.”

Dear Mr. Knightley chastising Emma for her ill treatment of Miss Bates
Emma, volume 3, chapter 7

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Such happiness

“It is such a happiness when good people get together–and they always do.”

Miss Bates
Emma, volume 2, chapter 3

I’m running very late today!  I’ve been out at Borders looking for my book, which they don’t have on shelves quite yet.  (Apparently, when you’re not JK Rowliing, release dates are a bit malleable.)

But this quote goes out to a dear friend who got engaged this weekend.  I’m not sure she’s ready for me to announce it to the blogosphere, so I’ll keep it mum for now.


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