Note: If you’ve never read Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, but plan to some day and don’t want things spoiled for you, in my chapter posts there could be spoilers.
“I hope your bacon burns,” said Calcifer, muffled under the pan. – Howl’s Moving Castle
I think this chapter is a funny one. Calcifer can be quite whiny when he wants to be and what he says is rather funny. It seems that Howl is the only one that can make Calcifer bend so food can be cooked. Well, Sophie won’t hear of this and makes Calcifer bend herself. Poor Michael can’t get anything warm, food or tea, if Howl’s not there.
According to Calcifer, Sophie got her way by bullying him. I think it is a funny conversation that goes on until Calcifer gives in. Calcifer is certainly an entertaining character and that is one of the reasons why I like him.
And Sophie has become very outspoken, which is very unlike her young self. She has always had her thoughts and opinions, but it seems she just kept them to herself. Even when people were making decisions for her that she didn’t like. Becoming an old woman has definitely changed that in her, she speaks her mind now. Oh, and she is rather mad at the Witch of the Waste now for changing her into an old woman. Can’t say that I blame her, but I still think the Witch of the Waste really did her more of a favor than a disservice. Sophie is coming out of her shell and standing up for her, which I think is a great thing.
Howl’s arrives in this chapter. Sophie says she’s going to be his cleaning lady, but Howl won’t give her a yes or no. Howl doesn’t like to be pinned down to anything, as Sophie finds out. Doesn’t stop her from trying though.