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Revision 44 . . (edit) April 18, 2010 2:38 pm by Paul A [link]
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The left-over bits of Justin and Suliman were assembled into a composite man, known both as Gaston and as Perceval, who the Witch turned into a dog - the same dog which Sophie rescues at the beginning and which starts following Lettie around. Since the Witch wasn't using either head, Suliman's was left over; the Witch transformed it into a skull - the same skull Howl later bought on a whim.
The left-over bits of Justin and Suliman were assembled into a composite man, known both as Gaston and as Perceval, who the Witch turned into a dog - the same dog which Sophie rescues at the beginning and which starts following Lettie around. Since the Witch wasn't using either head, Suliman's was left over; the Witch transformed it into a skull - the same skull Howl later bought on a whim.

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Howl's heartlessness




It is tempting to take Howl's word for it that his heartless behaviour is a consequence of his literal heartlessness, but one of the major themes of the novel is that people aren't simple and don't fit into neat fairy-tale explanations, and there are indications that his personality flaws were in place before ever he met Calcifer.

There's an interview somewhere with DWJ in which she says that Howell was already doing the love-em-and-leave-em routine back in Wales, and that the first time he cast the spell that opened a way to Ingary he was looking for somewhere to hide out from three large and angry rugby players whose sister he had recently jilted.


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