"It was perfectly normal for May Day, but Sophie was scared of that too. And when a young man in a fantastical blue-and-silver costume spotted Sophie and decided to accost her as well, Sophie shrank into a shop doorway and tried to hide."
"But Howl turned to Sophie just then. "Grey doesn't really suit you," he said. "I thought that when I first saw you."
"Calcifer’s gone," Sophie said. "I had to break your contract."
Howl looked a little sad, but he said, "We were both hoping you would. Neither of us wanted to end up like the Witch and Miss Angorian. Would you call your hair ginger?"
"Red gold," Sophie said."
From "Howl's Moving Castle" by Diana Wynne Jones
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