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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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184                                              HEIDI
" Only because Herr Sesemann allowed me, or T should not be coming home."
" Bah! why did n't you prefer to stay there, if you were only allowed to come home ? "
" Because I would a thousand times rather be at home with my grandfather on the Aim than do any­thing else in the world."
" Perhaps you '11 think differently when you get up there," growled the baker; "but I wonder," he said to himself, " if she can know how it is."
Then he began to whistle and said nothing more, and Heidi looked around her and began to tremble inwardly from excitement, for she recognized the trees by the way, and over yonder stood the lofty peaks of the Falkniss mountain looking down at her, as if they were greeting her like good old friends. And Heidi greeted them in return, and with every step forward Heidi's expectation grew more eager, and she felt as if she would have to jump down from the wagon and run with all her might until she was up there. However, she remained still and did not move, but trembled all over. As they came into Dorfli the clock was just striking five. In a moment a crowd of women and children gathered around the wagon, and two neighbors came out to it, for the child and trunk on the baker's cart had attracted the attention of all the inhabitants, and each one wanted to know where they had come from and where they were going.
When the baker had lifted Heidi down, she said quickly: —
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