The Invention of Hugo Cabret Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary
Hugo enters the bookstore and looks around—and sees the girl.
The girl with the bobbed haircut sits in the middle of a rather messy, very cluttered bookstore filled with books (duh) and an assortment of other fancy cultural items like busts of famous people. She’s holding a book to her chest.
She tells Hugo that Papa Georges still has his notebook. Then she tells the bookstore owner (Monsieur Labisse) that she’s taking a book on photography and will bring it back.
Time to go confront the old man. Hugo stomps on over to the toy store and asks him about the notebook, but he just gets shooed away again.
He tries again and again, and on the third day, the old man just hands him a broom and tells him to help out.
After Hugo sweeps, the old man tells him to go buy a croissant and coffee for him. Then he hands Hugo the toy mouse that was destroyed when he was caught stealing and tells him to fix it.
He's really putting this kid to work.
We see Hugo standing at the toy counter with a tool and the little mouse in his hands. We also see the old man, though we can only make out the bottom of his face and his mouth set in a very, very severe straight line. He has a spectacular mustache. Spectacular.
Zoom in on a close-up of Hugo with a different tool in his hand, still at work on the mouse.
Zoom in again, and we see Hugo working on the mouse’s rear end, fixing something with a very precise tool.
Then we see an image of the mouse running around on the counter after Hugo’s set it down. This is one handy kid.
The mouse is utterly fixed and the old man asks Hugo about the drawings in his notebook.
Hugo isn’t a sucker though and he tells the old man to give it back first.
But the old man isn’t a sucker either, and he tells Hugo that if he wants his notebook back, then he’ll have to come to the booth every single day and help him fix toys.