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care for me in my old age and stay with me; this is my greatest desire. Heidi shall share in my property as my own child; so we can leave her without any anxiety when we have to go away from her—you and I."
The uncle pressed the doctor's hand for a long time ; he spoke not a word, but his good friend could read in the old man's eyes the emotion and keen delight which his words had aroused.
Meanwhile Heidi and Peter were sitting with the grandmother, and the first had so much to relate, and the other so much to listen to, that they could hardly get their breath, and in their eagerness kept getting nearer and nearer to the happy grandmother.
There was so much to talk about regarding the events of the summer, for they had been together so little all this time.
And each of the three looked happier than the others at being together again, and because of the wonderful things that had taken place. But the face of mother Brigitte looked almost the happiest, for with Heidi's help she now for the first time heard clearly and understandingly about the story of the perpetual ten-centime piece. Finally the grandmother said : —
" Heidi, read me a song of praise and thanksgiving! I feel like praising and glorifying our Lord in heaven and giving Him thanks for all that He has done for us."