Howl’s Moving Castle Chapter 20

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.

“Go to bed, you fool,” Calcifer said sleepily. “You’re drunk.” – Howl’s Moving Castle

After this chapter, there is only one left. So, my rereading will soon be finished.

The chapter starts with Howl being drunk. Yep, he comes home drunk. And Sophie decides she is going to leave. She’s tired of Howl, I suppose. In this chapter, Midsummer Day is happening. So, there will be celebrations going on in Market Chipping. People were coming into the shop to buy garland and flowers for the festival.

Just as Sophie was about to leave, someone was at the door. She opens the door and there is a carriage, someone being announced she didn’t know. But soon realizes the person is Fanny, just with a different last name.

I remember really enjoying the last two chapters of this book as a lot happens. I can remember smiling a lot reading this chapter. Don’t know how, but Fanny recognized Sophie, even though she is an old woman. Fanny blames herself for Sophie looking so old, but Sophie tells her not to. She said she looked into the mirror and saw the change and just went away. Then she found Wizard Howl. Fanny was ready to fight him, believing he turned Sophie into an old woman. I think it is funny and shows that Fanny cares. Of course, Sophie tells her no, that he didn’t do it. Sophie feels bad for seeing Fanny through Martha’s point of view. Fanny really does care for Sophie and her two sisters.

Being old, Sophie views Fanny in a different way. And there is a family reunion. Besides Fanny, Lettie and Martha show up. Even the teacher Howl has been after shows up. Howl’s asleep and so she doesn’t know anyone there. The scarecrow makes another appearance too.

There is a lot in this chapter and I definitely don’t want to spoil it. But reading it has made me remember why I liked this chapter so much.

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