He is appalled at the many rules of the village (e.g., there are to be no mechanical devices, no crows are to be harmed, there are to be no books that break the rules.), but he was cowardly and skittish and could never bring himself to speak around the Village Elders. He is described as having a knack for cooking Mexican cuisine. The roosting place of the V.F.D. Crows is the Nevermore Tree, which is located in Hector's backyard. He has an unfinished Self-Sustaining Hot Air Mobile Home in his barn, which is banned under the village rules. He also collected many of the village's banned books before they could be burned. Violet Baudelaire, while under his care, helps him finish the hot air balloon. As the Baudelaires and Quagmires were running from a mob of villagers, Hector finally overcomes his fears when he appears in his (now functioning) balloon, scolds the Elders for their rules, and tries to help the Baudelaires and Duncan and Isadora Quagmire aboard. The Baudelaires are unable to make it (because Officer Luciana (Esme Squalor) destroys the rope with a harpoon gun). He was last seen flying away with Duncan and Isadora. He was captured by an unknown marine object that Kit Snicket refers to as "the Great Unknown", though it is not known if it harmed him or protected him.
Hector is almost certainly either a volunteer in V.F.D. or has some other connection to it. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography quotes a letter from Jacques Snicket to Lemony Snicket that says, "I feel, Lemony, as if we are drifting away from one another, as if one of us is on the ground and the other is in some wondrous device, floating away into the sky, like that self-sustaining hot-air mobile home H is always talking about building," indicating that the brothers were familiar with Hector.
Hector also appears at the end of WCTBATH, on his twelfth birthday, talking to Lemony Snicket. He possibly got his ambition of the self-sustaining hot-air balloon from his training, as Snicket refers to ballooning projects.
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