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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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UP THE ALM ON A SUMMER EVENING         189
a splendid hat, and she might sell it to the teacher's little daughter in Dorfli, and get a good deal of money for it, if she did not care to wear it. But Heidi was firm in her decision and laid the hat gently in the cor­ner behind the grandmother, where it was entirely hidden. Then Heidi- took off her lovely dress, and she folded the red neckerchief over her underwaist, in which she now stood with bare arms, and then seized the grandmother's hand, saying : —
" Now I must go home to my grandfather, but to­morrow I will come to you again ; good-night, grand­mother."
" Yes, come again, Heidi; come again to-morrow morning," said the grandmother; and she pressed Heidi's hand between her own and could hardly let her go.
" Why have you taken off your beautiful dress ?" asked Brigitte.
" Because I would rather go to my grandfather with­out it, or he might not know me ; you hardly knew me in it."
Brigitte went out of the door with Heidi, and said a few words secretly to her : —
" You can keep on the dress, he will know you; but you must take care of yourself, for Peterli says the Aim-Uncle is always very cross now and never says a word."
Heidi said "good-night" and went on up the moun­tain with her basket on her arm. The evening sun shone all around on the green Aim, and now the snow
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