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happen afterwards he did not know; but the grandmother could not help thinking about it, and it was just these thoughts that had troubled her and kept her from sleeping.
Heidi ran in, went straight to the grandmother, sat down on the little footstool which always stood there, and told her all that she knew with such eagerness that she herself began to realize it even more. But all of a sudden she stopped in the middle of a sentence and asked with concern : —
"What is the matter, grandmother? don't you like all this a single bit ? "
"Yes, yes, Heidi, I am glad for you, because it will give you so much pleasure," she answered, trying to look a little happier.
" But, grandmother, I can see very well that it troubles you. Do you think Fraulein Rottenmeier will come with them ?" asked Heidi, feeling somewhat anxious herself.
" No, no ! it is nothing, it is nothing!" said the grandmother soothingly. " Let me take your hand for a little, Heidi, so that I can feel that you are still here. It will be a good thing for you, even if I don't live to see that day."
" I don't care for what is best for me, if you are not going to live to see it, grandmother," said Heidi, so decidedly that suddenly a new fear arose in the old dame's mind; she must take it for granted that the people from Frankfurt were coming to take Heidi away ; for now that she was well once more they would