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- "Cake sniffing orphans in the orphan shack!"
- —Carmelita insulting the Baudelaire orphans
The Austere Academy
The Baudelaire orphans first encounter Carmelita in The Austere Academy, who rudely refers to them as "cakesniffers" and makes their lives difficult at the school. Isadora and Duncan Quagmire aren't fond of Carmelita either. Carmelita ridicules the Baudelaires for being orphans and makes fun of them because they have no parents. She creates a jeer and bullies them. Carmelita is one of Vice Principal Nero's favorite students, and he plays favorites with her.
The Slippery Slope
They meet her again in The Slippery Slope, while she is traveling with a group of Snow Scouts to celebrate False Spring in the Mortmain Mountains. The two elder Baudelaires had enough troubles in the Mortmain Mountains without running into this unpleasant person, and at the sound of her voice they almost turned around and took their chances once more with the snow gnats swarming outside.
Near the end of the novel, the Baudelaires unmask and reveal their identities to her. After Violet and Klaus rescue Sunny, Carmelita quickly joins Count Olaf's and Esmé Squalor's troupe, after Esmé claims she will buy Carmelita all sorts of "in" outfits. Carmelita threatens to kill the Baudelaires and Quigley Quagmire by pushing them off the mountain, saying she is ready to start an exciting and fashionable new life. The Baudelaires and Quigley escape on a toboggan.
The Grim Grotto
In The Grim Grotto, she is a "tap-dancing ballerina fairy princess veterinarian", as described by herself in a song. Klaus comments that someone should tell Carmelita that the word 'gorgeous' does not start with 'm' (because Carmelita says that 'gorgeous' begins with 'm'). She writes a biography about herself called The Biography of the Smartest, Prettiest, most Darling Little Girl in the Whole Wide World, although most people (Sunny, Klaus, and Violet, for example) think she's a spoiled brat.
The Penultimate Peril
In The Austere Academy, Lemony Snicket describes her as a rude, violent and filthy little girl. He mentions that if you were going to give a gold medal to the least delightful person on Earth, you would have to give that medal to a person named Carmelita Spats, and if you didn't give it to her, Carmelita Spats was the sort of person who would snatch it from your hands anyway. He says it is a shame he must describe her to the reader because there are enough ghastly and distressing things in the story without even mentioning such an unpleasant person.
Carmelita is a mean, arrogant, snobby and selfish girl who cares for nobody but herself, demanding respect and reverence for herself, and insults the Baudelaires by calling them "cakesniffers". Carmelita acts as if she is the center of the universe and the entire world revolves around her. Her spoiled personality makes her show no respect to her elders and the world around her. Esmé seems unaware of these traits, or even is implied to adore them, spoiling and fussing over Carmelita, of which Olaf highly disapproves. Olaf seems rather annoyed by her, as he is used to having things his own way, and it comes as a blow when Esmé seems more interested in Carmelita's needs.
- Her hair is a reddish-ginger color on the cover of both the UK and US books.
- In The Slippery Slope, Esmé lists the fortunes the villains will steal from the captured Snow Scouts. One of these is "the Spats fortune."
- It is implied that Carmelita's parents are rich and could be connected to V.F.D.
- In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (which takes place after A Series of Unfortunate Events) Vice Principal Nero sends a letter to Carmelita's parents, in which Carmelita seems to be alive.
- It is never explained what "cakesniffer" means. It likely refers to cake being an expensive luxury the Baudelaires are too poor to afford, so all they can do is sniff cake from a distance. It may also relate to the saying "Let them eat cake" which the Baudelaires hear in the next book.