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Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle

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    Tatiana Teterevlevaalıntı yaptı4 ay önce
    “I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I’m not doing it!”
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    Sophie,” said Martha, “the spell’s off you! Did you hear?”

    But Sophie and Howl were holding one another’s hands and smiling and smiling, quite unable to stop. “Don’t bother me now,” said Howl. “I only did it for the money.”

    “Liar!” said Sophie.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    That seemed to Sophie to be Lettie’s problem. She had her own. Howl said, “I think we ought to live happily ever after,” and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew that living happily ever after with Howl would be a good deal more eventful than any story made it sound, though she was determined to try. “It should be hair-raising,” added Howl.

    “And you’ll exploit me,” Sophie said.

    “And then you’ll cut up all my suits to teach me,” said Howl.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    Howl said to Sophie, “I’ve been wondering all along if you would turn out to be that lovely girl I met on May Day. Why were you so scared then?”
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    “Red gold,” Sophie said. Not much had changed about Howl that she could see, now he had his heart back, except maybe that his eyes seemed a deeper color—more like eyes and less like glass marbles. “Unlike some people’s,” she said, “it’s natural.”
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    Kneeling down beside Howl, she carefully put the black lump on his chest in the leftish sort of place she had felt hers in when it troubled her, and pushed. “Go in,” she told it. “Get in there and work!” And she pushed and pushed. The heart began to sink in, and to beat more strongly as it went.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    By contrast, Calcifer did not seem very hot. He was milky blue with shock. Sophie could feel that the dark lump of Howl’s heart was only beating very faintly between her fingers. It had to be Howl’s heart she was holding. He had given it away to Calcifer as his part of the contract, to keep Calcifer alive. He must have been sorry for Calcifer, but, all the same, what a silly thing to do!
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    “Nobody can help you,” said Miss Angorian. “You are going to help me control my new human. Let me show you. I have only to tighten my grip.” Her hand that was holding Calcifer squeezed until its knuckles showed pale yellow.

    Howl and Calcifer both screamed. Calcifer beat this way and that in agony. Howl’s face turned bluish and he crashed to the floor like a tree falling, where he lay as unconscious as Percival. Sophie did not think he was breathing.

    Miss Angorian was astonished. She stared at Howl. “He’s faking,” she said.

    “No he’s not!” Calcifer screamed, twisted into a writhing spiral shape. “His heart’s really quite soft! Let go!”
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    “Go to bed, you fool,” Calcifer said sleepily. “You’re drunk.”

    “Who, me?” said Howl. “I assure you, my friends, I am cone sold stober.” He got up and stalked upstairs, feeling for the wall as if he thought it might escape him unless he kept in touch with it. His bedroom door did escape him.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    “I shall die and then you’ll all be sorry,” the red-bearded man said, and went out through the door with the knob green-down.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    “She does me credit,” said Howl, “apart from that awful old stick.”

    “Some people,” said Sophie, “are thoroughly self-centered. This stick goes with me. I need it for moral support.”

    Howl looked at the ceiling, but he did not argue.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    Howl cut himself another lump of cake, looking sad and honorable. “That is not the way to put it. I admit I thought I was fond of her for a time. She is in some ways a very sad lady, very unloved. Every man in Ingary is scared stiff of her. You ought to know how that feels, Sophie dear.”
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    “I think it’s very nice,” she said.

    “Nice!” screamed Howl. “You would! You did it on purpose. You couldn’t rest until you made me miserable too. Look at it! It’s ginger! I shall have to hide until it’s grown out!” He spread his arms out passionately. “Despair!” he yelled. “Anguish! Horror!”
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    Sophie turned round at that, rather hurriedly. She stared. The tall young fellow in a flamboyant blue-and-silver suit who had just come in stopped in the act of leaning a guitar in the corner. He brushed the fair hair from his rather curious glass-green eyes and stared back.
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    settled herself more comfortably, putting her knobby feet on the fender and her head into a corner of the chair, where she could stare into the colored flames, and began dreamily considering what she ought to do in the morning. But she was sidetracked a little by imagining a face in the flames. “It would be a thin blue face,” she murmured, “very long and thin, with a thin blue nose. But those curly green flames on top are most definitely your hair. Suppose I didn’t go until Howl gets back? Wizards can lift spells, I suppose. And those purple flames near the bottom make the mouth—you have savage teeth, my friend. You have two green tufts of
    Dani CyCalıntı yaptı10 ay önce
    Sophie looked round at what she could see beyond the boy. There were a number of probably wizardly things hanging from the beams— strings of onions, bunches of herbs, and bundles of strange roots. There were also definitely wizardly things, like leather books, crooked bottles, and an old, brown, grinning human skull. On the other side of the boy was a fireplace with a small fire burning in the grate. It was a much smaller fire than all the smoke outside suggested, but then this was obviously only a back room in the castle. Much more important to Sophie, this fire had reached the glowing rosy stage, with little blue flames dancing on the logs, and placed beside it in the warmest position was a low chair with a cushion on it.
    mirandapadalıntı yaptıgeçen yıl
    Hearts and souls did not enter into it. Howl was not going to know.
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    The face in the mirror was quite calm, because it was what she expected to see.
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    He wore perfume too. The smell of hyacinths followed her as she ran.
    Sofie Skurikhinaalıntı yaptıgeçen yıl
    Sophie was a failure anyway. It came of being the eldest.
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