Naturally, I looked up patois and hob. One online dictionary defined patois as a dialect peculiar to the illiterate classes; a provincial form of speech.
The first definition of hob is a hobgoblin, sprite, or elf (appropriate for Halloween). A hob is also mischievous behavior (behaviour if you're in England). And, finally, it's the flat top part of a cooking stove, or a separate flat surface, containing hotplates or burners.
Ah, the third definition of hob fits the sentence.
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