This is a pretty short section!
"I have told..." Hrm, wonder just who the narrator's supposed to be. Not as detached as the normal omniscient voice. I can't remember if he's an actual character that comes into play, or not.
"But he showed his dislike chiefly by concealing it ostentatiously"... well, that'll show him, I'm sure!
Given the temper, and his tenseness, yeah, definitely having flashbacks to Jekyll and Hyde.
"He would go out muffled up invisibly"... nice choice of words, there.
I see they've got, ah, skilled investigators in the village as well. *snort*
I wonder who "the man with the one talent" referred to is?
I wonder why he'd be expected to catch a cold "all wrapped up like that"? One would suspect it would be the other way around...
One also wouldn't expect "the stranger" to have a humorous streak like he apparently does, tweaking the guy's nose with his invisible hand. Although it also seems to have disturbing malice behind it at the same time.
Just a note: even when invisible, it's probably wise not to go a-burglaring when you have a cold!
The specific gravity of their beer eh? In other words, it sounds like they're watering it down, or some such.
Also, looks like Mrs. Hall isn't the only snoop in the family. And while provoked, the stranger isn't exactly the brightest candle on the chandelier, if he wants to be unnoticed and unbothered, and yet decides to put on a nice little poltergeist show.
"You warnt horseshoes for such gentry as he." In other words, sounds kinda like he things the stranger's an elf, or the fair folk, or whatever you'd call it at this time.
He's certainly got chutzpah, though, just strolling around acting as if nothing's happened...
Chapters 7-9 for Friday!