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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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CHAPTER XI
HEIDI IMPROVES IN SOME RESPECTS, AND IN OTHERS
GROWS WORSE
Every afternoon when Klara was lying down, and Fraulein Rottenmeier, apparently in need of rest, mys­teriously disappeared, the grandmamma sat down by Klara for a while, but after five minutes she was on her feet again, and always called Heidi to her room to talk with her, keep her busy, and amuse her in various ways. The grandmamma had pretty little dolls and pieces of the most marvelous bright-colored materials, which she showed Heidi how to make into dresses and aprons and cloaks for them ; so the little girl uncon­sciously learned to sew. Now that Heidi could read, she always read some of her stories aloud to the grand­mamma ; and this gave her the greatest pleasure, for the more she read them the dearer they became to her. Heidi entered so vividly into the characters and their experiences that she felt closely related to them and took more and more pleasure in their company. But she never looked quite happy, and there was no longer any merriment in her eyes.
It was the last week that the grandmamma was to spend in Frankfurt. She had called for Heidi to come into her room ; Klara was taking her nap. When Heidi
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