Miss Bates

Miss Bates is a character that can easily become a caricature. She babbles on and on incessantly about absolute nonsense at times. It's important to see her as a real person. She loves her mother - and the pair have fallen on very hard times. They used to have money and position. Now they have a tiny apartment and have to rely on the charity of others. She is anxious to please other people as a result, and very nervous about things. So she tends to babble a bit to keep everything running smoothly. She truly cares for her friends, she loves getting weekly letters from Jane, and dotes on her mother. She doesn't realize that her babbling annoys people sometimes. She's very upset and ashamed when it's publicly brought to her attention by Emma.

1996 Emma
They did a good job here of making Miss Bates a real person. Yes, she babbles - but she has a good heart. She is honestly delighted to be invited to parties and be able to spend time with the good folk of the town. She offers thanks and praise. She wants to help others as much as she can. The "put down" scene at the picnic is handled exceedingly well - you can see how truly wounded and mortified she is that she's been bothering people.

Miss Bates

Emma (left) and Mrs. Weston (middle) talk with Miss Bates (right)

Miss Bates

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