DISTURBANCES IN THE SESEMANN HOUSE 117
only one punishment which could have any effect on you, for you are a barbarian ; but we shall see whether you will not become civilized down in the dark cellar with lizards and rats, so that you will never let such things happen again."
Heidi listened calmly and wonderingly to her sentence, for she had never been in a frightful cellar; the room adjoining the Aim hut, which her grandfather called the cellar, and where the cheese and fresh milk were kept, was a pleasant, inviting place, and she had never seen any rats and lizards.
But Klara raised great objections to this: —
" No, no, Fraulein Rottenmeier, you must wait until papa is here ; he has already written that he is coming soon, and I will tell him everything; then he will say what is to be done with Heidi."
Fraulein Rottenmeier dared make no objection to this decision. She rose, saying somewhat bitterly: —
"Very well, Klara, very well, but I too shall have a word to say to Herr Sesemann."
Whereupon she left the room.
Then followed two or three peaceful days, but Fraulein Rottenmeier did not get over her distress ; the disappointment she had felt in Heidi kept coming before her eyes, and it seemed to her that since the little girl made her appearance in the Sesemann house everything had gone wrong and could never again be set right.
Klara was well contented ; the days no longer seemed dull. It was Heidi who made the study hours pass