Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl's Moving Castle Chapter 7 Summary
In Which a Scarecrow Prevents Sophie From Leaving the Castle
- Sophie wakes up in a rotten mood, worried over Martha and her own aches and pains.
- Howl seems much more cheerful, though—he loves that gray-and-red suit Sophie mended for him.
- Sophie keeps trying to leave the house to see Martha, but she gets interrupted over and over again.
- She hears a knock on the door and opens it.
- It is the scarecrow that she saw on the road in Chapter Two.
- The scarecrow is somehow alive and trying to get into the moving castle, so Sophie gets Calcifer to speed up so that they can get rid of the freaky scarecrow.
- Eventually they lose the scarecrow, but the whole thing leaves Sophie's old heart feeling weak.
- Michael comes home and starts dancing Sophie around the room.
- It turns out that Michael has just been to Market Chipping to see "Lettie" (really Martha, of course) at the pastry shop—and she hasn't even heard of Howl.
- Michael tells Sophie that he's in love with Lettie, and that she is in love with him too.
- Sophie is glad to hear all this: Michael is around the right age for Martha, and he's also an apprentice with good job prospects for the future.
- But now she's worried about the real Lettie, who must trust Howl enough to have told him her real name.
- Howl comes home worried that the King is going to appoint him Royal Magician.
- Why exactly is he so against the idea of getting this job?
- He knows that the King wants him to find Prince Justin.
- And Prince Justin's argument with the King was over the Wizard Suliman.
- And the Wizard Suliman disappeared after going up against the Witch of the Waste.
- Howl really doesn't want to fight the Witch of the Waste.
- They may have had a nasty break-up somewhere along the line…
- Sophie is horrified: Howl broke the Witch of the Waste's heart? Is he suicidal?
- Worry not, though, because Howl has a brilliant idea: since Sophie is so great at bullying Calcifer, she can bully the King.
- Howl wants her to go to Kingsbury the next day pretending to be his mother, so that she can convince the King that Howl is a thoroughly bad man.
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