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Michael comes back from Market Chipping wearing the magic cloak that makes up his red-bearded-guy disguise.
He has good news for Howl: he's found an empty shop that they can move the castle to, to hide from the Witch.
It's an empty shop in Market Chipping—a place that was once a hat shop. (Sound familiar?)
Howl is the most pathetic, self-pitying, impossible sick person in the world, but still he keeps coming downstairs to ask Sophie's opinion about what their new place should look like.
Howl leaves the house in the red-beard-disguise cloak; when he returns, he says that he has bought the shop.
Michael is happy as a clam: he gets to see Lettie every day.
Howl wants to go to Mrs. Pentstemmon's funeral, so he gives his gray-and-red (magic, attractive) suit to Sophie to clean—and she quickly cuts it into seven pieces to keep Howl from using it to enchant girls.
Once she finishes mending the blue suit, she realizes that it's somehow gotten tiny, so she asks Michael to use his magic to make it bigger.
Michael made the spell a tiny bit too strong though, and when Howl comes out of his room sometime later with the suit, it's become miles long.
He insists on taking the seven pieces of magic gray-and-red suit from Sophie so that he can fix them.
As Howl is getting ready for the funeral, the blue suit just keeps spreading across the floor, getting bigger and bigger.
When Howl comes out of the bathroom, he's dressed all in black with black hair.
But even though he looks ready for a funeral, he can't just go out with his regular face—not with the Witch of the Waste after him.
He transforms himself into a dog to practice his disguise.
Sophie asks why he made all this fuss about his suit when he's going to the funeral as a dog anyway.
Howl wants to show Mrs. Pentstemmon his respect, especially since she was a lady who paid attention to the details.