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for they had such an expression of kindness that they made her feel quite at her ease, so that she could not look away. She had such beautiful white hair, and around her head a lovely lace frill, and two broad strings fluttered from her cap, and moved continually as if a light breeze hovered around the grandmamma; and this seemed to Heidi very peculiar.
" And what is your name, child ?" then asked the grandmamma.
" My name is only Heidi; but if any one wants to call me Adelheid, I pay attention." Heidi hesitated, for she felt a little guilty since she still made no reply if Fraulein Rottenmeier called unexpectedly, "Adelheid !" for it did not really seem to her that this was her name, and Fraulein Rottenmeier was just coming into the room.
" Frau Sesemann will doubtless admit," broke in Fraulein Rottenmeier, " that I had to choose a name which could be pronounced without so much difficulty, for the sake of the servants."
" My dear Rottenmeier," replied Frau Sesemann, "if a person is named Heidi, and she is accustomed to the name, I call her so and let it remain so! "
Fraulein Rottenmeier was very much troubled because the old lady continually addressed her by her name alone, without any prefix; but there was nothing to be done about it; the grandmamma always had her own way, and there was no help for it. Besides, her five senses were keen and sound, and she always knew what was going on in the house.