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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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AT THE GRANDMOTHER'S                       57
ant to hear a friendly word, and I like to hear you talk. Come, sit down near me and tell me what you do up there and what your grandfather does. I used to know him well, but for many years I have heard nothing about him, except through Peter; but Peter does n't say much."
Then a new idea came to Heidi's mind. She quickly wiped away her tears and said comfortingly: —
"Just wait, grandmother; I will tell my grandfather all about it. He will make it light for you again, and he will fix the hut so that it won't tumble down. He can make everything all right."
The grandmother remained silent. Then Heidi be­gan with great liveliness to tell about her life with her grandfather and the days she spent in the pasture; about her present life in the winter, and what her grandfather made out of wood — benches and stools and lovely cribs to put hay in for Schwanli and Barli, and a large new water tub for bathing in summer, and a new milk bowl and spoon. Heidi grew still more eager in describing the beautiful things which were made out of a piece of wood, and how she staid near her grandfather and watched him, and how quickly he did everything. The grandmother listened with great interest and from time to time interrupted her with : —
" Do you hear that, Brigitte ? Do you hear what she says of the uncle ? "
Suddenly the story was interrupted by a great thump­ing at the door, and in stamped Peter. The boy im­mediately stood still and opened his round eyes wide
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