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The Story Of A Young Orphan In Switzerland

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since the policeman was still standing over there by the uncle.
"That is good, the matter is settled," said the grand­mamma in conclusion. " But now you ought to have something you like to remember the people from Frankfurt by. Tell me, my boy, is there something you have wished to have ? What was it ? What would you like to have best ?"
Peter then lifted his head and stared at the grand­mamma with his round, astonished eyes. He was still expecting something frightful, and now he was suddenly to have whatever he liked best. Peter's thoughts were all in confusion.
"Yes, yes, I am in earnest," said the grandmamma. " You shall have something which you will like as a remembrance of the people from Frankfurt, and as a token that they will think no more about the wrong that you did. Do you understand now, boy ?"
It began to dawn on Peter that he had no punishment to fear now, and that the good lady sitting before him had rescued him from the power of the policeman. Then he felt as relieved as if a mountain which was almost crushing him had been taken away from him. He also understood now that it is better to confess one's faults, and he at once said: —
"And I lost the paper, too."
The grandmamma had to reflect a little, but she soon remembered and said kindly : —
" There, that is right to tell me about it! Always
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