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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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122                                              HEIDI
the table and did not stir; she neither ate nor drank; but she had put her bread quickly into her pocket.
On the following morning, when the Herr Kandidat came upstairs, Fraulein Rottenmeier motioned to him secretly to come into the dining-room, and here she confided to him her anxiety, lest the change of air, the unwonted manner of life, and the new impressions had driven the child out of her senses; and she told him how Heidi had tried to run away, and repeated to him as much as she could remember of her strange words.
But the Herr Kandidat calmed Fraulein Rottenmeier and assured her he knew that, on the one hand, Adel-heid was certainly somewhat eccentric, but, on the other hand, she was in her right mind, so that gradually, with the right kind of treatment, he would be able to accom­plish what he had in view. He found the case more serious because he had not yet succeeded in mastering the alphabet with her, for she could n't seem to grasp the letters.
Fraulein Rottenmeier felt calmer and let the Herr Kandidat go to his work. Late in the afternoon she re­membered Heidi's appearance on her intended journey, and she determined to replenish the child's wardrobe with some of Klara's clothing before Herr Sesemann should appear. She consulted with Klara about it, and as she agreed with her, and wished to give her a quan­tity of dresses and linen and hats, the lady went to Heidi's room to look into her closet and to examine the things she already had, and decide what should be
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