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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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man did n't possess the patience of an angel from heaven, he would long ago have given up trying to teach her."
"This is very strange ; she does n't look like a child who cannot learn the alphabet," said Frau Sesemann. " Now bring her to me; she can first look at the pic­tures in the books."
Fraulein Rottenmeier was desirous of making further remarks, but Frau Sesemann had already turned around and was hurrying back to her own room. She was very much surprised to hear of Heidi's stupidity, and thought she would make an investigation, but not with the Herr Kandidat, though she really valued him on account of his good character; she always spoke to him in a particularly friendly way, whenever she met him, but then hurried away, in order not to be drawn into conversation with him, for his manner of express­ing himself was rather annoying to her.
Heidi came into the grandmamma's room and opened her eyes wide when she saw the gay pictures in the large books which the lady had brought with her. Sud­denly Heidi screamed aloud when the grandmamma turned a new leaf; she looked at the figures with gleam­ing eyes, then all at once bright tears rushed to them, and she began to sob as if her heart would break. The grandmamma examined the picture. It was a lovely green pasture, where all sorts of animals were feeding and nibbling the green shrubs. In the middle stood the shepherd, leaning on a long staff and gazing at the happy creatures. It seemed as if there was a golden
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