The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance by H. G. Wells

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In the book The Invisible Man, Mrs. Hall of Iping is quite a formidable creature. Do you agree? Give a character sketch of Mrs. Hall as she is depicted in the story. 

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Mrs. Hall, the owner of the Coach and Horses Inn, is quite a formidable character. She shows a strength of character in several ways throughout the book. First, she is financially savvy. When she first meets Griffin, the Invisible Man, she puts up with his rude and strange behaviors and his unusual, bandaged appearance because he is a paying customer at the inn and she needs his business. This is evident when she says, "He may be a bit overbearing, but bills settled punctual is bills settled punctual, whatever you'd like to say." Mrs. Hall understands that she can be courteous to the stranger in order to fulfill her own responsibilities to the inn, regardless of how the stranger treats her.

However, she does not allow herself to be treated like a doormat. When she becomes overly suspicious about Griffin's intentions and grows tired of the rude behavior and unpaid bills, she takes charge of the situation and refuses to serve him breakfast. Her strong character is evident when she explains to Griffin, "I told you two days ago I wasn't going to await no remittances. You can't grumble if your breakfast waits a bit, if my bill's been waiting these five days, can you?"

Mrs. Hall can be seen as a strong and independent businesswoman by considering her interactions with Griffin in The Invisible Man.

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In The Invisible Man, Janny and George Hall run the Coach and Horses Inn. George is a devoted man, devoted to his love of drink and the delusion that the inn benefits greatly from his presence. Mrs. Hall, appears to be a formidable creature, due to the responsibilities laid upon her. For it is truly she who runs the inn.  She is responsible for the care and feeding of her tenants.  She must keep the serving girl, Millie, from becoming derelict in her duties.  When George's actions call his intelligence into question, she is the one that must set things right.  And, as it so happens, should a tenant try to "skip out on" their monetary obligations, Janny Hall is the one depended upon to set things right.

Mrs. Hall is a rather ordinary woman.  Her pragmatic nature leads her to develop what some may term some harsh qualities. 

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