Howl returns home to find Sophie cooking breakfast. Impressed that she has tamed Calcifer, he accepts her story as the new cleaning lady. During breakfast Sophie discovers a curse from the Witch of the Waste in her pocket, Howl absorbs it and excuses himself. He instructs Calcifer to move the castle and heat his bath. Calcifer complains of the energy it requires. Sophie gets to work cleaning and compliments Calcifer on his fine job powering the steam engine.