IN THE PASTURE 31
you come down again; take care that she does n't fall over the rocks ; do you hear? "
Heidi came running up.
"Can the sun laugh at me now, grandfather?" she asked eagerly. In her fear of the sun she had rubbed her face, neck, and arms so vigorously with the coarse towel her grandfather had hung by the water tub that she looked as red as a lobster. Her grandfather smiled.
" No ; now he has nothing to laugh at," he admitted ; " but do you know to-night, when you come home, you must go in all over, like a fish ; for after running about like the goats you will have black feet. Now you can march along."
So she went merrily up the Aim. The wind in the night had blown away the last clouds; the sky was everywhere a deep blue, and in the midst stood the sun, shining on the green mountain ; all the blue and yellow flowers opened their calyxes and looked up with gladness. Heidi jumped here and there and shouted for joy; for there were whole troops of delicate primroses together, and yonder it was blue with gentians, and everywhere in the sunshine smiled and nodded the tender-leaved golden rock-roses. Heidi was so charmed by all these glistening, nodding flowers that she entirely forgot the goats and even Peter. She ran far ahead and then off on one side, for it shone red here and yellow there and enticed her in every direction. Wherever she went she plucked quantities of the flowers and put them into her apron, for she wanted to carry them all