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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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and furiously with his rod that the goats, in the greatest terror, all took to flight and ran down the mountain, making such enormous leaps as they had seldom done before. Peter rushed after them beating the air with his rod, as if he had to vent his great spite on some invisible enemy. This enemy was the prospect of guests coming from Frankfurt, and this was what had so enraged him.
Heidi was so full of happiness and joy that she really had to go to visit the grandmother the next day and tell her all about it—who were coming from Frank­furt, and also who were not coming. This was of the greatest importance to the grandmother, for she knew all the people so well and always felt the greatest interest in everything that concerned Heidi's life. So early on the following afternoon Heidi started ; for now she could go alone once more to make her visits, for the sun was shining brightly again and remained longer in the sky, and there was a fine mountain path over the dry ground ; while the joyous May wind blew behind her and pushed her along faster and faster.
The grandmother was no longer in bed. She was sitting once more in the corner spinning. But there was an expression on her face as if she had troublesome thoughts. It had been there since the evening before; and the whole night long these thoughts had followed her and kept her from sleeping. Peter had come home in the midst of his great anger, and she had understood from his broken outcries that a crowd of people from Frankfurt was coming up to the Aim hut. What would
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