THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE HEARS OF STRANGE
A few days after this occurrence there was a great bustle in the Sesemann house, and hurried running up and down stairs, for the master of the house had just returned from his journey. Sebastian and Tinette were bringing in one package after another from the well-laden carriage, for Herr Sesemann always brought home many beautiful things.
He went first of all to his daughter's room to greet her. Heidi was sitting beside her, for it was late in the afternoon, when the two were always together. Klara greeted her father with great tenderness, for she loved him dearly, and the good papa showed no less affection toward his little Klara. Then he reached out his hand to Heidi, who had quietly withdrawn into a corner, and said kindly : —
"And this is our little Swiss girl, I suppose; come here and give me your hand ! That 's right! Now tell me, are you and Klara good friends ? You do not quarrel and get cross, and then cry and make up, and then begin all over again ? "
" No, Klara is always good to me," replied Heidi.