UP THE ALM ON A SUMMER EVENING 179
on top of the basket, so that the red parcel was very conspicuous. Then she put on her fine hat and left her room.
The two children had to say a speedy farewell, for Herr Sesemann was already there to take Heidi down to the carriage. Fraulein Rottenmeier stood at the head of the stairs to bid Heidi good-bye. When she noticed the strange red bundle, she took it quickly out of the basket and threw it on the floor.
" No, Adelheid," she said, still finding fault, " you cannot leave this house so ; you do not need to carry off such a thing as that. Now good-bye."
After this Heidi did not dare to pick up her bundle again, but she looked beseechingly at the master of the house, as if she were having her greatest treasure taken from her.
" No, no," said Herr Sesemann in a very decided voice, " the child shall carry home whatever gives her pleasure, and if she takes away kittens or turtles we will not get excited about it, Fraulein Rottenmeier."
Heidi quickly picked up her bundle from the floor, and her eyes beamed with gratitude and pleasure.
When Heidi reached the carriage Herr Sesemann held out his hand to the child and said to her with friendly words that she must think of him and his daughter Klara. He wished her a happy journey, and Heidi thanked him very prettily for all the kindness he had shown her and finally said : —
" And I leave a thousand good-byes for the doctor, and thank him many times," for she had noticed how