AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY 99
self, I shall have to fasten you to your seat. Do you understand ?"
" Yes," replied Heidi, "and I will sit still now"; for she began to comprehend what she was expected to do.
Tinette and Sebastian by this time had to come to put the room in order, and the Herr Kandidat went away, for all further teaching had to be given up. There had been no excuse for yawning that morning.
In the afternoon Klara always had to rest a long time, and Heidi could then busy herself as she pleased; so Fraulein Rottenmeier had explained to her in the morning. When Klara had lain down to rest in her chair after dinner, Fraulein Rottenmeier went to her room. Heidi was glad to have the time to herself, for she had in her mind a plan which she was anxious to undertake, but she would be obliged to have help about it. Therefore she placed herself in the middle of the hall, in front of the dining-room, in order that the person she wished to see might not escape her. Sure enough, in a little while Sebastian came up the stairs with the large tea tray, bringing the silver up from the kitchen to put away in the china closet. When he reached the last stair Heidi stepped up to him, saying: —
" I would like to ask you something," and added, as if to pacify him, " but it is really not wrong, as it was this morning"; for she noticed that he looked a little cross, and she thought it was on account of the ink on the carpet.
Sebastian then laughed so loud that Heidi looked