DWJ: Howl's Moving Castle question

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Fri Mar 8 22:16:32 EST 2002

> Oh, definitely. :-) That's the way I always read it. At this point,
> she seems to think it's the *suit* that does it, and that's why she's
> puzzled that the blue and silver worked, because she never put a spell on
> that one. The rest of us, of course, know that it has nothing to do with
> suit. She just loves him anyway.
> While we're on the topic: do you think Howl's heart fell in love with
> before she put it back in his body for him to feel it? Because in the last
> scene he doesn't act like someone who has just fallen in love with a
> he acts as if he's been in love quite some time. So I was thinking maybe
> heart fell in love and he justs didn't know it because it wasn't attached
> his body.

I think Howl was already in love, and being "heartless" was just something
he'd talked himself into. He deluded himself into it, just as Sophie did.
After all, he does kind things now and again, even without a heart (which is
only a blood pump, anyway!)


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