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I should feel very sorry if you had to be forced ; give me your hand on it that you will come down and live among us again, reconciled to God and man."
The Aim-Uncle gave his hand to the pastor, but said firmly and decidedly : —
" The pastor means well toward me, but I cannot do what he expects ; that I tell him surely and finally. I shall not send the child, neither shall I come down myself."
"Then God help you!" said the pastor, and went sadly out of the hut and down the mountain.
The Aim-Uncle was out of sorts. In the afternoon when Heidi said, "Now let us go to the grandmother's," he replied curtly : " Not to-day."
He did not speak again all day, and on the following morning when Heidi asked, "Are we going to the grandmother's to-day ?" he still answered shortly and merely said: "We shall see."
Before the bowls had been put away after dinner another visitor came to the door. It was Aunt Dete. She had on her head a fine hat with a feather in it, and a dress which swept up everything on the floor, and in the hut lay all sorts of things which would not improve a dress.
The uncle looked at her from top to toe and said not a word. But Aunt Dete had a very friendly speech in her mind, for she immediately began to flatter him by saying that Heidi was looking so well that she hardly recognized her, and that it was plain to be seen that she had not fared ill with her grandfather. She had