Maggie Hobson in Tim Sheader's Hobson's Choice

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Maggie Hobson in Tim Sheader's Hobson's Choice Maggie is an extremely bossy person, used to getting her own way. She is also stubborn and can easily manipulate people to do what she wants and is unlikely to change her mind on most matters. In act one of "Hobson's Choice." Maggie walks straight into the shop and immediately starts work "she crosses the shop and takes her place at the desk... she busies herself with an account book." This shows she has a sensible 'business like' mind. A little later Albert Prosser walks in. Albert is a solicitor currently courting Hobson's daughter and Maggie's younger sister Vickey. He enters hoping Hobson is out but Maggie takes the opportunity to prey on him and almost forces him to buy a pair of shoes, a pair of laces and get his current shoes repaired. She does this is because he comes in often to see Vickey and she sees him as easy prey. Maggie also does not see the need for courting, she believes it is useless. Maggie makes a comparison of courting to having a fancy buckle on a shoe, "see that fancy silver buckle on that shoe m'lass to make it look pretty? Courting's like that, all glitter and no use to anybody." This shows she is a practical 'to the point' person. She speaks her mind whatever the situation. Maggie also organizes the household, although her father Hobson likes to think he is the boss Maggie is really wears the trousers. This shows in how her father wants to go out but Maggie restricts how long he has to go out by not altering the time of dinner when he wants to leave. She says before he is about to go "if you stay out longer than an hour at the moonraker's you'll be la... ... middle of paper ... ... proud and stuck up and is determined to stay that way. Maggie is not liked much in the book as she is so bossy and stubborn. Women in those times were not like that at all and Maggie is more of a modern woman than many today. She gets Will to clean up after dinner and also gets Freddy and Albert to help "Willie we'll be needing that table cleared." Then she says to Albert "and you and Freddy can lend him a hand with the washing up." This type of thing was unheard of in Victorian times and Freddy and Albert must have been shocked to hear her say this. I think Maggie is a good person, but on her own terms. She has done the right thing throughout the book though it may not have looked it. She has made Will a success, got her sisters married off even goes to live with her father at the end, to cure his sickness.

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