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had seen how she hurried away as if she were afraid the old man was coming after her to bring her back.
The blind grandmother was the only one who stood by the Aim-Uncle; and she always told every one who came up to her house, to bring spinning or to get yarn, how good and care-taking he had been to the child, and what he had done for her and her daughter ; how many afternoons he had worked about their little house, which would surely have tumbled to pieces without his help. So this information also reached Dorfli; but most people who heard it said that perhaps the grandmother was too old to understand rightly about it; for she could no longer hear well, while she could not see at all.
The Aim-Uncle showed himself no longer at Peter's hut; it was a good thing that it had been so well repaired, for it remained for a long time untouched.
The blind grandmother now began the day with sighs, and not one passed that she did not say sorrowfully : —
"Ah! with the child all joy and good have been taken away from us, and the days are so empty ! If I could only hear Heidi's voice once more before I die!"