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