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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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98                                              HEIDI
"There, isn't it just as I told you, Herr Kandidat ? The creature has n't an idea about anything! not a suspicion what a lesson hour is, that she ought to sit still and listen. But where is the unlucky child ? If she has run away, what would Herr Sesemann say to me?"
Fraulein Rottenmeier darted out and down the stairs. There in the open doorway stood Heidi, looking, quite perplexed, up and down the street.
" What is it ? What is the matter with you ? Why have you run away ? " demanded Fraulein Rottenmeier of the little girl.
" I heard the fir trees roar, but I don't know where they are, and I don't hear them any longer," answered Heidi, looking blankly in the direction where the rolling of the carriages had died away, a noise which in Heidi's ears seemed like the raging of the wind in the firs, so that she had followed the sound in the highest glee.
" Firs ! Are we in the woods ? What a notion ! Come up and see what you have done!"
Whereupon Fraulein Rottenmeier went upstairs again; Heidi followed her and was very much astonished to see the great damage done, for in her delight and haste to hear the fir trees she had not noticed what she was dragging after her.
" You have done that once ; you must not do it again," said Fraulein Rottenmeier, pointing to the floor; " when you are having lessons you must sit still in your chair and pay attention. If you cannot do it by your-
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