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08 December 2003

Stolen names

After Chihiro signed her name, the contract glided back into Yubaba's hand. "So your name's Chihiro? What a pretty name."

Yubaba then placed her hand over her name. The characters of her name floated upward. Yubaba wrapped her fingers around them. "From now on, your name is Sen."

...

Outside, Chihiro crouched down. Haku returned her clothes. "Hide them. You'll need them to get home."

She found something in her clothes. "My goodbye card's still here..."

Chihiro stared at the card. "Ch-hi-ro... That's my name, isn't it!"

She couldn't believe she had forgotten her name. "That's how Yubaba controls you, by stealing your name. So hold on to that card. Keep it hidden. And while you're here, you must call yourself Sen."

"I can't believe I forgot my name. She almost took it from me."

"If you completely forget it, you'll never find your way home. I've tried everything to remember mine."

From Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away Picture Book

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beautiful.

Posted by: matt at 9 Dec 2003 06:05:19