Mannie Hait

Display Name: 
Mannie Hait
Sort Name: 
Hait, Mannie
AKA: 
Miss Mannie
Mrs. Hait
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 1, 1887 to Sunday, December 31, 1893
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Biography: 

Since her husband was killed by a train ten years earlier (in the retelling of this story in the novel The Town it is but three years), Mannie Hait has apparently lived on the $8500 she received from the railroad in compensation. She has gotten plenty of exercise, however, chasing I.O. Snopes' rogue mules around her yard several times a year. Miss Mannie shows a distrust in the local bank when she withdraws her settlement despite the pressure of the male bank employees to invest in bonds. Indeed, Miss Mannie does not get intimidated by men (or mules) as I.O. Snopes finds out in the story. Her strength as a woman seems to be indicated by the clothes she wears: not just her dead husband's "man's felt hat" but also "the man's shoes" that she bought for herself after his death (250).

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