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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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194                                              HEIDI
"No, not to-morrow, but the day after, perhaps; for to-morrow I must go to the grandmother's."
" It is good to have you back again," said Peter, making all sorts of wry faces from huge delight ; then he started homeward ; but he had never before had such difficulty with his goats, for when he had at last, with coaxing and threatening, succeeded in collecting them about him, and Heidi had walked away with one arm around Schwanli's and the other about Barli's neck, they all with one accord turned around again and ran after the three. Heidi had to go into the shed with her two goats and shut the door, or Peter would never have succeeded in getting away with his flock.
When the child came back into the hut she found her bed already made up again, wonderfully high and fragrant, for the hay had not been in long, and the grandfather had very carefully spread the clean linen sheet over it. Heidi lay down on it with great delight and had a refreshing sleep, such as she had not enjoyed for a whole long year. During the night her grandfather left his couch at least ten times, climbed the ladder and listened carefully to see if Heidi was still asleep and was not restless, and looked at the window where the moon used to shine in on Heidi's bed, to see if the hay he had stuffed into it was still there, for the moon should be kept out henceforth. But Heidi slept right on and wandered about no longer, for her great, hungry longing was satisfied ; she had seen all the mountains and cliffs in the evening glow again, she had heard the fir trees roaring, she was at home again on the Aim.
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