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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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CHAPTER II
AT THE GRANDFATHER'S
After Dete had disappeared, the uncle sat down again on the bench and blew great clouds of smoke from his pipe, while he kept his eyes fixed on the ground without saying a word. Meanwhile Heidi was content to look about her. She discovered the goats' shed built near the hut and peeped into it. It was empty.
The child continued her investigations and came to the fir trees behind the hut. The wind was blowing hard, and it whistled and roared through the branches, high up in the tops. Heidi stood still and listened. When it subsided somewhat she went around to the other side of the hut and came back to her grandfather. When she found him in the same place where she had left him, she placed herself in front of him, put her hands behind her, and gazed at him. Her grandfather looked up.
"What do you want to do ? " he asked as the child continued standing in front of him without moving.
" I want to see what you have in the hut," said Heidi.
" Come along, then! " and the grandfather rose and started to go into the hut.
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