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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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come, we will bring the lovely books with us." And the grandmamma took Heidi by the hand and went with her into the library.
Since the day when Heidi had wanted to go home, and Fraulein Rottenmeier had scolded her on the steps and told her how naughty and ungrateful she had shown herself by wishing to run away, and that it would be a good thing if Herr Sesemann never knew about it, a change had taken place in the child. She had the idea that she could not go home if she wished, as her aunt had told her, but that she must stay in Frankfurt for a long, long time, perhaps forever. She had also under­stood that Herr Sesemann, when he came home, would think her very ungrateful, and she imagined that Klara and her grandmamma would think so too. So Heidi dared tell no one that she wanted to go home, for she did not wish to cause the grandmamma to be cross, like Fraulein Rottenmeier. But in her heart the bur­den grew heavier and heavier; she could no longer eat; every day she grew a little paler. At night she often lay awake for a long, long time; for as soon as she was alone, and all was still around her, everything came so lifelike before her eyes — the Aim and the sunshine on it and the flowers ! And when finally she fell asleep, she would see in her dreams the red pointed cliffs of Falkniss, and the fiery snow field of Casaplana, and in the morning she would awake and, full of joy, be ready to run out of the hut; suddenly she was in her big bed in Frankfurt, so far, far away, and could not go home! Then Heidi would bury her head in her pillow
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