"She works out of a hovel, it is a broken-down building, just a shack," she said.
When we first meet Bob, Tomlinson treats us to a description of the hovel in which he lives.
mid-14c., "roofed passage, vent for smoke," later "shed for animals" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Meaning "shed for human habitation; rude or miserable cabin" is from 1620s. It also sometimes meant "canopied niche for a statue or image" (mid-15c.).