Miss Bates is an unmarried, sweet, generous, giggling, gossiping woman of Highbury. She lives with her mother Mrs. Bates and isn't exactly wealthy. She is kind to all and isn't the brightest or fairest of them all (Austen 18). Her youth flew by her because she had to take care of her mother (18). Later on the novel, Emma becomes quite frustrated and annoyed and harshly says to her, "Ah, maim, but there may be a difficulty...but you will be limited to a number- three at once," (360). Emma was referring to Miss Bates silly comments. Miss Bates is quite nice and eventually forgives Emma for her rudeness.