The cleaning woman at the Benedick, where Lawrence Selden lives, and at Mrs. Peniston’s house. She initially adopts a defiant attitude toward Lily Bart when she sees her leaving the Benedick, seemingly assuming that Lily is one of Selden’s lovers, and later launches negotiations for Lily to buy Bertha Dorset’s letters, revealing both her bargaining skills and her financial difficulties.
Mrs. Haffen (the charwoman) Character Timeline in The House of Mirth
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Haffen (the charwoman) appears in The House of Mirth. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1: Chapter 1
...was already very imprudent on her part. On her way out, she crosses an unpleasant cleaning lady and wonders if the woman’s stare reflects her belief that Lily might be someone with... (full context)
Book 1: Chapter 9
...to see Lily. When Lily sees her, she realizes with surprise that it is the charwoman from the Benedick. Sensing that this conversation might involve confidential matters, Lily takes the woman... (full context)