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Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle Chapter 3 Summary

In Which Sophie Enters Into a Castle and a Bargain

  • Sophie goes to two different, giant black doors to the castle, but neither of them will open.
  • Eventually, she finds a small back door, which opens even as the castle is moving away from her.
  • Sophie quickly shoves her way in and finds herself in the Wizard Howl's kitchen.
  • (You can tell it's a wizard's kitchen because of the skull and obviously magical stuff hanging around.)
  • There is a boy in the kitchen and he introduces himself as Michael, Howl's apprentice; Howl is away for the night.
  • Michael obviously wants Sophie to leave, but she insists on sitting by the fire and waiting until Howl gets back. (Wow, turning old has made Sophie grow some gumption.)
  • After all, she needs to sleep somewhere—and next to Wizard Howl's fire seems like as good a place as any.
  • Sophie jerks awake in the middle of the night.
  • She looks into the fire and imagines she sees a blue face there.
  • Of course, this is a wizard's house, so she's obviously not imagining it: the blue face belongs to a fire demon.
  • The demon can see that Sophie has two spells on her, one from the Witch of the Waste and one from an unknown source.
  • The demon suggests a deal: he'll end the spells on her if Sophie figures out a way to break the fire demon's contract.
  • Here's the demon's contract: he is tied to Howl's fireplace, and he does most of the magic to keep the castle moving.
  • Sophie agrees to break the contract if the fire demon will help her, and then she falls asleep by the fire again.

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