[DWJ] Older than Irena

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Sat May 26 00:32:59 EDT 2007

On Sat, 26 May 2007, Sally Odgers wrote:

> OBDWJM. I often wondered how Sophie, who was "at least 90" could be 
> "Howl's Old Mother". She'd have had to have him at 63 which isn't 
> impossible any more, but would have been then. Maybe Mrs Penstemmon 
> (sp?) supposed he was adopted.

If memory serves, Howl tells us later in the book exactly what Mrs 
Penststemmon supposed about Howl's Very Old Mother.
(No, I'm not going to say. If you haven't read the book, it would be a 
spoiler. If you have, isn't it about time for another re-read?)

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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