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Every goat even. are as real as any representation of human its nature need be. personality. and the eagle poised above the naked rocks form a picture that no one could willingly forget. from the kindly towns-folk to the quaint and touching peas- ant types. "Heidi" may none world the less lay claim to rank as a classic. She was born in Switzerland came . she has As to the author. the meadows. The narrative merits of the book are too call for apparent to comment. in 1829. both back- ground and characters ring of the Alps is true. The air wafted to us in every page. but to everyone who reads it. is As for the little hero- she a blessing not only to everyone in the story. the house among the pines. In the first place. Johanna so entirely lost herself in her creation that we may pass over her 6 career rather rapidly. has ine.INTRODUCTION Unassuming in plot and style. And the people. Spyri.

and devoted all her tal- ent to the writmg of books for and about children. could never be wholly spoiled.^ it the story is so attractive that The two languages are so different in nature that anything like a hteral rendering of one into the other is sure to result in awkwardness Such a book must be not translated. such a feat the writer must. and indirectness.INTRODUCTION of a literary family. but has not the reader the right to enjoy it in Enghsh at least very nearly as much as he could in German. if there is any quahty in "Heidi" gives it Now. but re-hved and re-created. that quality freshness. be famihar with the mountains. To be sure. absolute spontaneity. Since "Heidi" has been so often trans- EngUsh it may weU be asked why there is any need for a new version. lated into The answer lies partly in the conventional character of the previous translations. to begin with. that is a particular charm. and able to appreciate To perform with Wordsworth .

was one of the father. style of the present version It has often then. Her home was originally in the picturesque town of Salzburg. greatest landscape painters of his country and generation. a Pole. probably the greatest master of nar- . The translator of the present version was bom and reared in a region closely similar to that of the story. sleep that is among the lonely hills. been no- ticed that those who acquire a foreign lanit guage often learn to speak usual clearness and purity. tant requisite is Another equally imporIt knowledge of children. happens that this translator has a daughter just the age of the heroine. distinctive. loves to dress in Tyrolese who moreover costume. with un- For illustration we need go no further than Joseph Conrad. which means that the love contended with and overcame the labor. and her Franz von Pausinger. To translate ''Heidi" was for her therefore a labor of love. The English is.INTRODUCTION The The silence that is in the starry sky.

The phrasing has conclusion. the writer has lived rative English writing to-day. read only the best. In inal. own Eng- lish classics.INTRODUCTION In the present seven years in America and has strengthened an exceUent training with a wide reading of the best case. the author. Chilre- dren are particularly sensitive in this spect and should. which one of the chief merits of the German orig- also been carefully adapted to the purpose of reading aloud— a thing that few translators think of. or im- by the style by its lack of style. that very quahty in of delight in mountain scenes. mountain is people and in child hfe generally. This is Many seldom is quite true. therefore. In the new translation of "Heidi" here offered to the pubhc I believe that most readers wijl notice an especial flavor. as much as is practicable. realising the dif- . unconsciously every one pressed in some way or other of every book. people say that they read without noticing the author's style. or to our fellow-citizen Carl Schurz.

has enthe story afresh. cessful the How attempt has been the reader judge. it deavored to write as Johanna Spyri would have written had sucwill EngUsh been her native tongue. Charles Wharton Stork Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania .INTRODUCTION ference between the two languages.


I HEIDrS YEARS OF LEARNING AND TRAVEL GOINQ UP TO THE AlM-UnCLE PAGE 17 II. VI. V. XII. PARTma to Meet Again - . XXII. On Sunday When the Church Bells Ring 183 PART XV. 252 268 276 293 On Further Events on the Alp Something Unexpected Happens XXin. Winter Still Continues XX. A Grandmama 136 Heidi Gains in Some Respects and Loses in Others 146 153 165 The Sesemann House is Haunted XIII. The Master of the House Hears of Strange 129 X.. II HEIDI MAKES USE OF HER EXPERIENCE Preparations for a Journey 199 XVI. Up the Alp on a Summer Evening XrV. 219 229 243 Winter in the Village XIX.CONTENTS PART CHAPTEB I. 119 EX. XI. VIII.. News from Distant Friends XXI. XVIII. VII. On IV. With the Ghandfather the Pastuee In the Grandmother's 38 m. A Guest on Retaliation the Alp 207 XVn.. Two Visitors A New Chapter with New Things Miss Rottenmeier Has an Uncomfortable Day 104 Great Disturbances Doings in the Sesemann House . 50 Hut 67 83 95 .


Part I Heidi's Years of Learning and Travel .


The youngster's cheeks it were in such a glow that 2 IT showed even Small won- through her sun-browned skin. with its short grass and pungent herbage. at once sends out its soft perfume to meet tall. . green.HEIDI I GOING UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE HE little is old town of Mayenleads feld charmingly situated. One bright sunny morning in June. well-wooded stretches to the foot of the down imposingly upon the to go steeply Where the footpath begins and abruptly up the Alps. it From a footpath through heights which look valley. the heath. leading a Httle girl by the hand. the wayfarer. a vigorous maiden of the mountain region climbed up the narrow path.

people called to her from windows and doors. the girl did not loiter on her way and only stood still when she reached the end of the ham- greeted There a few cottages lay scattered about. answering questions and calls as she went by. from the furthest of which a voice caUed out to her through an open door: "Deta. this hot and shapeless little person toiled up the mountain. Her shape was wore two tinguish. dresses. The pair had been climbing for about an hour when they reached a hamlet half-way up the great mountain named the Aim. the little one. who was scarcely five years old. and very often from the road. let. This hamlet was called "Im Dorfli" or "The girl's Little Village. and therefore from nearly every house. if not and around her shoulders a large red cotton shawl." It was the elder she was home town. But. With her feet encased in heavy hob-nailed boots. if was bundled up as she had to brave a difficult to dis- bitter frost.HEIDI der though! for in spite of the heat. for she three. .

GOIXG UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE please wait one moment stood ! I am coming with the you. are "Where your sister left?" "Yes. you taking the child. Heidi . pleasant-looking woman stepped out of the house and joined the two. the girl still When sat to wait. tired. The had risen and wandered behind the old acquaintances. "I her to remain." she repUed. ''No. Deta?" "Is she the child' asked the newcomer. A child stout. if you are going further up. child instantly let go her hand and promptly down on "Are you the ground. but hot. all if you take little big steps and climb with your Thus the elder girl tried to en- courage her small companion. who immediately of the started gossiping about their friends in the neighbor- hood and the people hamlet generally." 19 am taking her up to the Aim-Uncle and there I want ." Deta assured her.f*" Deta asked the child. "We might!" shall be up in an hour.

to go to him. especially little such a one? She'll never get along with ! him." 20 . You must have I lost your senses. to take As they got wanted per- me me along." "Why not? As he's her grandfather." "I am going to a splendid house in Frankfurt. off to Last summer some people went to like me. but I could not leave.HEIDI cc You can't really mean to take her there Deta. I have taken care of her shall until this^ summer and now a good The child offered to me. They have come back now and have suaded to go with them. place has been not hinder me from accepting it. How could he look after a child. it is high time he should do something for the child. he were like But you know him yourself. I am sure of that —But tell me of your prospects. other mortals. they the baths and I took care of their rooms. I tell you that!" if " It would not be so hard. am sure the old man will show you the door and won't even listen to what you say.

" said is my he should. not I. he responsible. alone? Why are live his eyes and why does he Nobody ever sees up there all him and we hear Didn't Deta. and he is twelve-month all We fear really just like a heathen or an old Indian. if Deta stub"He won't do her any harm. Of course she but I*shall hold my .GOING UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE "I am glad I am not the child!" exclaimed "Nobody knows life Barbara with a shudder. did. He doesn't speak to a Hving soul.^^" many your strange things about him." "I wish fierce I knew what weighs on the old so man's conscience. and not fault. up there. When his he twisted we is are all afraid to meet him "That bornly. wanders along the road with stick alone. with those thick grey eyebrows and that huge uncanny beard. sister tell you anything. and from one year's end to the other he keeps away anything about the old man's from church. People get out of his in a way him when he appears once down here among us.

Deta. everybody spoke of him Barbara. She could not even called the explain to herself why he was Aim-Uncle.'*" .HEIDI tongue. they did not speak openly but as if they were afraid. but so. She confidentially seized Deta's arm and said: *'I wish you would tell me the truth about him. uncle of since all He could not possibly be the the people in the village. who had only lived in the village since her marriage. but since her mother's death had gone away to earn her livelihood. Data had been bred there. was glad to get some information from her friend. she did the same. to the old Tell me. you know only gossip. He would make me pay for it if Barbara had long been anxious to know something about the old uncle and Uved apart from everybody. I didn't. it all —^people what has happened his fellow* man to turn everybody against him so? Did he always hate creatures. and when people talked about him. why he Nobody had a good word for him.

and I if always can keep things to myself. I assure "All right. Deta?" re- Barbara in an offended tone. they had not noticed her absence. I have You won't you!" repent of having told me. quite a while little girl must have elapsed since the had given up following her com2S . but the little girl was nowhere to be seen. and I only twenty-six. "How plied can you talk like that. in "People do not gossip much to. Pratiggan. but keep your word!" said Deta warningly. Then she looked around to see that the child was not so close to them as to overhear what might be said. My you a good mother and he both came from can tell Domleschg. T^Tiile the two young women had talked at such a rate. But if promise to the people keep it to yourself and not set in Pratiggan talking. He being sixty years old. I deal.GOING UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE you whether he always did. you tell "I cannot can't expect me to give you an account you'll all of his early youth. and that for a very good reason.

and I I have often noticed that for her. say. for it will am glad be useful with the uncle. looked about her everj^where. "It will be very easy for Peter to watch is her. he soon lost everything with drink and play. is! visible as far "There she Can't you see her there?'* to exclaimed Barbara." remarked Deta. pointing a spot a "She is climbing up with the goatherd Peter and his goats. the whole wide world. it suits us well enough. standing still. he can look after the child while you tell me everything without being mterrupted. Deta. His parents died with 24 . I must good distance from the path. but no one was on the path. which —except for a few curves—was down as the village.HEIDI panions. "she five years bright for her and keeps her eyes wide open. He has nothing left in but his cottage and two goats!" "Did he once have more. But setting up to play the fine gentleman. I wonder why he is so late to-day. He was heir to a large farm in Domleschg.'^" asked Barbarac "I should say so.

his son. and when he was made master. of each other lived very happily as their joy But was 25 short.' They always had been fond and they wife. How can I tell you every*' thing at once?" exclaimed Deta.GOING UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE and he himself disappeared from these parts. his Tobias. why he left Domleschg for We acknowledged relationship. *'Just wait. and because we are related on my father's side to nearly all all the people in the hamlet they too called him uncle. man and Two years . that was name. mother's grandmother being a cousin of Vie called him uncle." "But what happened to Tobias?" asked « Barbara eagerly. my his. became a carpenter and turned out to be a quiet. he came home to the village and married my sister Adelheid. He was named 'Aim-Uncle' when he moved up to the Aim. steady fellow. Many strange rumors went round about the uncle and I think that was Dorfli. Tobias was an apprentice in Mels. After many years he came back with grief a half-grovrn boy.

. After the death of his son he never spoke to a Uving soul. "People said that heaven had punished the uncle for his misdeeds. a beam fell on him and killed Adelheid was thrown into a violent him. Heidi. "And now you want child to this terrible 26 hand over the old man. covered from She had never been strong sufifered and had often from queer spells. I am very glad to get such a good position. when we awake or did not asleep.HEIDI afterwards. but in the spring the family whose work I had done last year came from Frankfurt and resolved to take me to their town-house. build when Tobias was helping to a house. to live with us.fever with grief and fright. I When went to Ragatz I took her with me. Suddenly he moved up to the Alp. to hve there at enmity with God and little man. know whether she was after Only a few weeks Tobias's death they buried poor Adelheid. I really wonto . and never reit. *' My mother and I took Adelheid's year-old baby.

as she too young to come with me the to Frankfurt. Even as it was. the wind would have blown it down the valley without much ado when the storm season came. Here Hved Peter the goatherd. it was luckily protected it Had been exposed to the tempests. me I have really done enough I do not know where eke is to take her. would have been a doubtful habitation in the state of decay it was in. By the way. the cottage from the mighty winds.GOING UP TO THE ALM-UXCLE der how you can do it. If the hut had old rafters shook stood on the Aim top. a boy 27 . where are you going? We are haK-way up Aim already. "It seems to for the child. Situated half-way up the Aim. Barbara. which lay in a hollow a few steps away from the path. still while Barbara approached the dark-brown mountain hut. Deta!" said Barbara with reproach in her voice. the doors and windows rattled and the when the south wind swept the mountain side." Deta shook hands with her companion and stood tiny.

but he only spent enough time in the hut to swallow his bread and milk for breakfast and the same repast for supper. father had met with an accident some years ago. That was the only time Peter spent with other children. These owners were girls mostly small boys and and. they did not fear them. whose name was goatherd. 28 . who the daily fetched the goats from the village and drove them up luscious the mountain to short and grasses of the pastures. When he whistled sharply through his fingers. every owner would come and get his or her goat. he also had been called Peter the His mother. He always left early in the morning late. At home lived his mother and an old bhnd grandmother. in the evening with Peter raced down the light-footed Uttle goats. After that he sought his bed to sleep. the rest of the day the animals were his sole companions. as the goats were friendly. so and at His night he came home that he could be with his friends as long as possible.HEIDI eleven years old.

of great impatience on her countenance. was called "Goatherd Peter's wife"*' and his blind grandmother was called by just young and old from many miles about "grandmother." Deta waited about ten minutes to see if the children were coming up behind with As she could not find them anywhere. Thus they strayed from side to side. She did not say anything but looked enviously at Peter. she was panting in her heavy She was so hot and uncomfortable that she only climbed by exerting all her strength. The children in the meantime were asal- cending slowly in a zigzag way. and peered from side to side with marks the goats. 29 so easily in his light trousers She envied even .GOING UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE Brigida. The poor httle girl had followed clothes. Peter ways knowing where to find all sorts of good grazing places for his goats where they could nibble. who jumped about and bare feet. the boy only with the greatest effort and. she climbed up a httle higher to get a better view down the valley from there.

he grinned. To save the trouble of carrying them. he saw the little heap of dresses on the ground and till then he grinned yet more. but he The child. Getting up she undid the heavy shawl and the two httle dresses. Looking back. stones. In sheer delight at she threw up her dimpled arms. 30 . his mouth seemed to reach from ear to ear. Heidi arranged her dresses neatly in a heap and joined Peter and the goats. Suddenly sitting down on the ground the child swiftly took off her shoes and stockings. and steep inclines with their slender legs. feeling free and comfortable.HEIDI more the goats that dimbed over bushes. and he had started to converse with Peter. said never a word. her aunt had dressed her in her Sunday clothes over her workday garments. She was now as light-footed as any of them. the relief. that were bare up to her short sleeves. Out she sHpped without more ado and stood up in only a light petticoat. saw her suddenly in her light attire. who had not paid much attention. "WTien Peter.

to answer

up to the alm-uncle

She asked him how many goats he had, and where he led them, what he did with them when he got

and so



last the children

reached the summit

in front of the hut.

When Deta saw


chmbers she cried out shrilly; "Heidi, what have you done.^ What a sight you are! Where are your dresses and your shawl? Are the new shoes gone that I just
for you,

httle party of

and the new stockings that

made myself.? Where are they all, Heidi.?" The child quietly pointed down and said
The aunt
followed the direction of her



heap with a small red dot in the middle, which she recognized as the shawl.

and descried a

"Unlucky child!" Deta "What does all this mean?
taken your things
all off ?




have you


"Because I do not need them," said the child, not seeming in the least repentant
of her


**How can you be so stupid, Heidi? Have you lost your senses?" the aunt went on, in a tone of mingled vexation and reproach. ''Who do you think will go way down there to fetch those things up again? It

half-an-hour's walk.

Please, Peter, run

down and
stare at

get them.


not stand and

me as if you were glued to the spot. "I am late already," replied Peter, and

stood without moving from the place where,

with his hands in his trousers' pockets, he had
witnessed the violent outbreak of Heidi's aunt.

"There you
"I'll give

are, standing




that won't get you further,"






you go down."


that she held a five-penny-piece under his

That made Peter


in a great

hurry he ran down the straightest path.
arrived again in so short a time that


had to praise him and gave him her
coin without delay.


did not often get

such a treasure, and therefore his face was

beaming and he laughingly dropped


money deep

into his pocket.

"If you are going up to the uncle, as we are, you can carry the pack till we get
there," said Deta.



had to cKmb

a steep ascent that lay behind Peter's hut. The boy readily took the things and followed

arm holding the bundle and his right swingmg the stick. Heidi jumped along gaily by his side with the goats.
Deta, his





an hour they

reached the height where the hut of the old man stood on a prominent rock, exposed
to every wind, but bathed in the full sunlight.



into the valley.

you could gaze far down Behind the hut stood three




shaggy branches.

Further back the old grey rocks rose high

and and


Above them you could

see green

fertile pastures, till

at last the stony

boulders reached the bare, steep

Overlooking the valley the uncle had made himself a bench, by the side of the hut.

Here he


with his pipe betv^een his teeth

and both hands resting on his knees. He quietly watched the children cHmbing up

with the goats and Aunt Deta behind them,
for the children

had caught up to her long ago.

Heidi reached the top
ing the old

and approach-

man she

held out her hand to




evening, grandfather!"

**Well, well,

what does that mean?"
in a

plied the old


rough voice.


her his hand for only a moment, he watched her with a long and penetrating look from



bushy brows.

Heidi gazed back

him with an unwinking glance and examined him with much curiosity, for he was

look at, with




beard and shaggy eyebrows, that met in the



a thicket.

Heidi's aunt

had arrived

in the


with Peter,

who was

eager to see what was

going to happen.

Deta as she approached. "This is Tobias's and Adelheid's child. You won't be able to remember her, because last time you saw her she was


to you, uncle," said

scarcely a year old."


do you bring her


asked the

and turning to Peter he said: "Get away and bring my goats. How late you

are already!"

and disappeared on the spot; the uncle had looked at him in such a manner that he was glad to go.
"Uncle, I have brought the httle girl for you to keep," said Deta. ''I have done




share these last four years and your turn to provide for her."



I do,

old man's eyes flamed with anger.

'^Indeed!" he said.

"What on

earth shall

when she

begins to whine and cry


Small children always do, and


be helpless."

Deta retorted. "When the httle baby was left m my hands a few years ago, I had to find


have to look out

for that!"


to care for the httle innocent


and nobody told me anything. I already had mother on my hands and there was plenty for me to do. You can't blame me if I want to earn some money now. If you can't keep the child, you can do


whatever you




comes to harm you are responsible and I am sure you do not want to burden your
conscience any further."

Deta had said more


her excitement

than she had intended, just because her
conscience was not quite clear.




risen during her last

words and now

he gave her such a look that she retreated
a few

Stretching out his




commanding gesture, he
with you! Begone!

said to her:


Stay wherever you

came from and don't venture soon again



Deta did not have to be told twice. She said "Good-bye" to Heidi and "Farewell" to the uncle, and started down the mountain.
Like steam her excitement seemed to drive
her forward, and she ran down at a

called to


The people in the village her now more than they had on



up, because they

were wonder-

ing where she had
"were well

They acquainted with both and knew
the child.

go away from people who interfered in her affairs. . when she heard no more the truth. little over and over again: "The poor dear!" Deta ran glad to tell as quickly as she could calls. Her mother had asked her on her deathbed to care for Heidi. But she consoled herself with the thought that she would be more for the child if she could She was very glad to earn some money. Deta?*' and so answered more and more re- "Up with the Aim-Uncle. —with from the Aim-Uncle!" She became much procalled to her voked because the women every side: "How could you do it?" "The poor little creature!" "The idea of leav- ing such a helpless child up there!" and.GOING UP TO THE ALM-UNCLE their history. and looked forward with great deable to do light to her new place. windows: she "Where is the child?" "Where have you luctantly: left her. and was because. she herseK was uneasy. TMien she heard from door and forth.

He did not speak. and discovering the goat-shed. she gazed at him. saw the child standing motionless before . Heidi stood still to Hsten. In the mean- time Heidi looked about her. blowing big clouds of smoke out of his pipe. Nothing could be seen inside. but kept his eyes fastened on the ground. with arms folded behind her back. After the wind had ceased somewhat. The 38 grandfather.n WITH THE GRANDFATHER jFTER Deta had the Uncle sat disappeared. she swaying to and fro. and planting herself in front of the old man. peeped in. She found him in exactly the same position. she walked round the hut back to her grandfather. Searching for some more inter- saw the three old fir-trees behind the hut. down again on the bench. looking up. Here the wind was roaring through the branches and the tree-tops were esting thing.

" She is not lacking in the intelli- gence. The child's black all eyes were sparkling in expectation of things to come. The old man now opened the door. turning about." he commanded. "Take your things along." The child obeyed the command. "I want to see what's Heidi. "What do you want to do now?" he asked her. in the hut." he muttered to himself. The man." replied "Come father got then. Aloud he added :"T\Tiy don't you need them anymore?" "I want to go about Hke the light-footed goats !" "All right. which took in the entire expanse of the hut. but fetch the things and we'll put them in the cupboard." and with that the grand- up and entered the cottage. you can.WITH THE GRANDFATHER him. "I do not want them any more. threw a pene- trating glance at her." answered old Heidi. and Heidi followed him into a fairly spacious room. and in . In one eorner stood a table and a chair.

"Where am I going to sleep.HEIDI another the grandfather's bed. she arrived at a hayloft. large kettle was suspended over the it and opposite to wall. she asked. a large door was sunk into the opened.?" " 'VMierever you want to. That all She peeped into the corners of the room and looked at every little nook to find a cosy place to sleep. Across the room a hearth. were kept. which ah were a In one shelf few shirts. It his clothes This the grandfather in was the cupboard. on another a few plates. suited Heidi exactly. Climbing up. in a After looking around attentively in the room. cups and glasses. In this cupboard the grandfather kept everything that he needed for his subsistence. which 40 ." he replied. some bacon and cheese. socks and towels. and on the top shelf Heidi could see a round loaf of bread. She did not want them found again hurry. it. grandfather. When he opened Heidi pushed her things as far behind the grandfather's clothes as she could reach. Beside the old man's bed she saw a ladder.

"I am making the bed now^" thehttle girl called out again. and "Oh. grandfather. it is lovely here. some- what resembled a sheet. Please come up. "Oh.WITH THE GRANDFATHER t^as filled with fresh and fragrant hay. he made the couch twice as 41 . On top the hay was heaped up high so that the head of the occupant would lie exactly opposite the window. while she ran busily to fro. for every bed must have a sheet." Heidi called down. while he opened the cupboard and After a rummaged It around in it. To prevent the hard floor from being felt. do come up and bring a sheet. At last he pulled out a long coarse cloth from under the shirts. The grandfather was well pleased with the arrangement. and with this he chmbed up to the loft." sounded from below." "Is that so?" said the old man. Through a tiny round window she could look far ''I down into the valley. grandfather. Here a neat little bed was already prepared. want to sleep up here. and see it for yourseK." "I know it.

to his own bed." he and went to down large. *'I have no cover. From he took a it heavy hnen bag and brought the child. all for it was too heavy for her little arms. Y/hen I go to bed I always creep in between the sheet and the cover. we have for- gotten something. but she could not unfold it." Heidi reassured him.HEIDI thick. "Isn't this better than hay?" he asked» Heidi pulled the sack to and fro with her might. Then he and Heidi together put the in well. and was just going to the heap of hay when the old man stopped her. it "Just wait one minute. tucking the ends bed and said. Heidi looked thoughtfully at her fresh. The grandfather put the thick cover on the bed while . said. new "Grandfather." **What?" he asked. I'll just take some more hay to cover me. "Never mind. heavy sheet on." "What shall we do if I haven't any?" asked the grandfather.

she ''What a nice bed I have now. said the old man." " Don't you think so?" Heidi had forgotten everything else in her interest for the bed. that I might go to sleep in it. She had had only a piece of bread and a cup of thin coffee very early in the morning. Going up to the he pushed the big kettle aside and reached for a smaller one that was suspended on a chain. turning to and fro.WITH THE GRANDFATHER Heidi watched him. first. and held over the fire. and followed close behind her. and ! what a splendid cover I only wish the evening was here. kindled a bright boiling. grandfather!" "Let's go down then. sitting Then he down on a fire. but when she was she noticed re- minded terribly of her dinner. 43 till it was . three-legged stool. Heidi said approvingly: think we might. before her ''I long journey." "I think we might eat something said the grandfather. if we agree/' fireplace. After it was said: all done. the old When the kettle was man put it a large piece of it cheese on a long iron fork. how hungry she really was.

for she saw two glasses standing behind. ''You certainly can help yourself! shall Where you sit. Heidi had watched him eagerly. **Now you have a but it is much . who occupied sat Heidi flew to the hearth.HEIDI golden-brown on all sides. When it pot and the toasted cheese to the table. he found already nicely set with two plates and two knives and the bread in the middle. she returned to the table. down on seat. With those three things bowl was on the shelf. Suddenly she ran to the cupher grandfather brought a board. '*I am glad to see that you can think for yourself. 44 it. Heidi had seen the things in the cupboard and knew that they would be needed for the meal." Heidi saw the steaming pot and ran back to the cupboard in all haste. while he put the cheese on top of the bread. and bringing back the little stool. "but something is missing yet. father. though?" asked the grandthe only chair himseK." said the grandfather. A single httle That did not perplex Heidi though.

In fact. little to reach shall the table from my Now last!" you little have something to eat at that the grandfather filled and with bowl he pushed the with milk. and Heidi watched him attentively while he was sweep- . long breath. Taking a httle bowl. she was through. He sat down himself on a corner of the table and started own dinner. shall have more. she put down her "How do you like the milk. "Then you again. it Putting it on his chair. large piece and the shce his of golden cheese. both went out into the goat-shed. Here the old man busied 45 himself. felt Heidi drank exceedingly without stopping. you are too chair. for she thirsty after her long journey. "I never tasted better. as near to the stool as was possible." answered Heidi." and with filled that the grandfather the little bowl The little girl ate and drank with After the greatest enjoyment.WITH THE GRANDFATHER too low.^" the grand- father asked her. and in that way Heidi had a table He commanded her to eat the of bread before her.

fastening a nail or a loose board here and there. is a chair for me. what and has her eyes on the right place. repairing whatever was in need of fixing. "What " This is this?" asked the grandfather. Then he went girl's for the to the shop alongside and fashioned a high greatest chair for Heidi.HEIDI ing and putting goats to sleep Httle down fresh straw on. How quickly it was made !" is said the child. while he walked around the hut. 46 She danced and jumped about under the trees. He wandered about with his hammer and nails. to the httle amazement. Those sounds filled it thrilled Heidi's heart and with happiness and joy." the grandfather said to himself. The old fir- were rusthng and a mighty wind was roaring and howling through the tree-tops. I am sure of it be- cause it is so high. full of admiration ''She knows what and wonder. for those . At trees last the evening came. Heidi followed him at every step and watched the performance with great enjoyment and attention.

surely" between her numerous questions. all \Mien they had slender goats reached the hut. They came up to the grandfather. with Peter in their midst. The grandfather stood under the door. Uttering a cry of joy. in a "yes. shrill when Heidi whistle was heard. first Heidi tenderly caressed one and then the other. grandfather? Do they both belong to us? Are they going to the going to stay with us?" in Are they Heidi kept on asking her excitement. Heidi ran into the middle of the flock. one of them white and the other brown.WITH THE GRANDFATHER sounds made her feel as if a wonderful thing had happened to suddenly a stood still her. all When the goats had licked up 4T the salt. . who held out some salt in his hands to them. The grandfather hardly could put yes. watching her. seeming beside herself with joy. as he did every night. they beautiful stopped on their way and two came out of the herd. greeting her old friends. Down goat after another. "Are they stable? ours. and the grandfather joined her from the heights came one outside.

cut a piece of bread for the child. Now good-night." was his answer." Heidi obeyed and returned instantly. you need some shirts and other Hnen. Heidi now down on the bench and took her supper. The strong wind nearly blew her from her sat seat." called Heidi Schwanh and the brown one I call Barh." one's is ! "The white name the httle girl called loudly. Aunt Deta has left a bundle can go to bed. "Go in. to be able in to go inside and it as well up to her bed. " Good-night. grandfather! Oh. for they w^ere just disappearing in the shed.HEIDI the old man said. Heidi. for you." tell the goats and lock "Good-night. you will find them in the bottom of the cupboard. and fetch your bowl and the bread. please me what after him. Barh. grandfather milked a full The bowl from the "Afterwards you white goat. I have to look after them up for the night. so she hurried with her meal. Schwanh Good-night. and told her to If eat. their names are. She slept as a prince on his royal couch. 48 .

the hut was shaking in the gusts and all the boards were creaking. Her cheeks were burning red and she lay peacefully on her round and chubby arms. sent his brilKant hght across Heidi's bed. saying to himself: "I is am sure she afraid. The grandfather stood and watched her till a cloud flew over the moon and left everything in total darkness. before was quite dark. the old man also sought his bed. he went The first moment everything lay in darkness. for she was smiling in her sleep. stormy night.WITH THE GRANDFATHER Very soon it after Heidi had gone up. . which rose early over the mountain-side in those summer days. The wind howled through the chimney fir-trees and the old shook so strongly that many a dry branch came crashing down. Then he went down to seek his bed again. He was always up in the morning with the sun. It was a wild. In the middle of the night the grandfather got up." Climbing up the ladder. when all of a sudden the moon came out behind the clouds and up to Heidi's bed. She must have had a happy dream.

she had always been obhged to keep in the house. Opening her eyes. She was therefore dehghted to find herdoors. She remembered how she had come up the mountain the day before and left old Ursula. While Heidi hved with Ursula. who was always shivering with cold and sat near the stove all day. self in her new home and hardly could wait . she saw her little bed and the hay beside her bathed in golden sunlight. Ursula woman could see her. she recollected everything.m ON THE PASTURE 'IDI was awakened early next morning by a loud whistle. Being was afraid to let Heidi go out- and the child had often fretted in the narrow room and had longed to run outside. where the old deaf. For a short while she did not know where she was. but father's when she heard her grand- deep voice outside.

"Go sun now. who commanded him to open the bag in which he carried his scanty dinner. Heidi did as she herself was till told. the grandfather called In the meanPeter to while come into the hut and bring his bag along* The boy followed the old man. and washed and rubbed to her cheeks were glowing. The grandfather put into the bag a piece of bread and a slice of cheese. pointing to a large tub of water that stood in the sun. . that were easily twice as large in the 51 as those the boy had bag himself. waiting for Schwanli and Barli. clapping her hands." he added. "Yes. whom the grandfather to see the goats again. ''Do you want to go with him to the pasture?" asked the grandfather. for the will are.ox THE PASTURE Jumping out of bed." cried Heidi. was just bringing to join the other goats. and wash yourself laugh at you if first. she put on her few things and in a short time went down the ladder and ran outside. Peter was already there with his flock. he sees how dirty you Everything is ready there for you.

therefore milk two bowls full for her dinner." said the Uncle. A cloud- down on them. tub like a fish.HEIDI "The little bowl goes in. too. one gets dirty feet. " Grandfather. started merrily up the Alp. do. The fresh green moundeep-blue sky looked tain-side was bathed 53 in brilliant sunlight. can the sun still laugh at me?" she The child had rubbed herself so asked. but when you come home to-night you must go into the lobster. violently with the coarse towel which the grandfather had put beside the tub that her face. for the wind had driven away every little cloud in the night. and many blue and yellow flowers had . "for the child does not drink straight from the goat. neck and arms were as red as a With a smile the grandfather said: *'No. Be off!" They less. know how to the way you all She is going to stay with you day. When one goes about like the goats. Look out that she does not fall over the rocks! Do you hear?" Just then Heidi came running in. he can't laugh any more now.

from side to In one place she saw big patches of fine red primroses. her. whose round eyes could only move about slowly. Peter quite angrily. especially by swinging his rod. She ran far ahead of him and then to one side. The goats Vv^ere even worse." it could not see her. where are you now. Heidi was wild with joy and ran side. and only by shouting and whistling. Heidi even forgot Peter and his goats. on another spot blue gentians sparkled in the grass. for she was sitting on the ground behind a little mound. could he drive them together. strayed flowers away off tempted her here and put Picking whole bunches of them to take home with her. had a hard time looking out for Peter.^" he called sounded from somewhere.ON THE PASTUKE opened. ''Here. she them all into her little apron. ''Heidi. In her transport at finding such treasures. 53 The whole . and everywhere the golden rock-roses were nodding to her. which was covered with fragrant flowers. for the sparkling there.

and she came running to Peter." That tempted Heidi.HEIDI air was filled it child drew with their perfume. we may see the eagle there and hear him shriek. "You have enough now. "Follow me now!" "The grandfather has told me to look out for you. so made 54 it that the grandfather was wise to warn Peterc . If there. and the in. which she had her apron alFrom now on she stayed at Peter's side. Peter generally took his quarters for the day at the foot of a high cliff." Heidi admitted that. with her apron full of flowers. and we have still far to you come quickly. also The goats." he "If you pick them all declared. there won't be any ready left to-morrow. which seemed to reach far up into the sky. Peter called out. in long breaths. scenting the pungent hurried up without delay. rocks on one side Overhanging dangerous. fall over the rocks." "\\Tiere are they. and you must not even stirring. to-day. herbs. besides full.?" asked Heidi without "Way up go.

with Peter asleep by her side and the goats climbing about be- tween the bushes. in the Then he rolled lay down sunny grass. sitting down beside the boy.ON THE PASTURE After they had reached their destination. and Peter did not want to lose his precious load. off Heidi. like old friends. a large field of snow rose high in front of her. flying above her. time without stirring. . Suddenly she heard a loud. her A hght breeze fanned her cheek and those big mountains about made all her feel happy as never before. and looking up she beheld the largest bird she had ever seen. violent gusts The wind often blew in up there. and soon they were familiar to her. Far down she saw Heidi sat a long the glistening valley. the boy took off his bag. she looked about her. taking her apron. it it tightly together and put beside Peter's bag. till She looked up at the mountain-tops they seemed to have faces. sharp scream. for he was very tired. Then. 55 With outspread wings he flew in large circles over Heidi's head. putting it in a Httle hollow in the ground.

Heidi ran mto their midst. expressing decided disapproval in his voice. "Oh. up. so we can't go !" to call loudly Peter whistle. till it disappeared at last behind the mountain -peak. and then they both watched the bird breathlessly. "Look and see the eagle there!" Peter got wide wake. let's climb up there and see its nest!" implored Heidi.HEIDI "Wake up." Peter rephed. Peter in the meantime was preparing din56 . hve way up there. "Because it has to. not even goats could climb up there to let you fall Grandfather has told me not and to down the rocks.^ How why wonderful that must be! it But tell me screams so loud. "Home to its nest. Oh ! dear. Peterl" Heidi called. does really was Peter's answer. but Peter. It rose higher and higher into the azure. "Where has it gone?" Heidi asked.^" Heidi inquired. answered: "Oh dear. now began and soon all the goats were assembled on the green field." it "Oh. for she loved to see them leaping and playing about. Peter.

milk. "Yes to you. Then he milked in the middle. I'll those large pieces also belong IfMien you are through w4th the After that I'll get you some more. which was bigger than his own portion had been. But it took some time before she obeyed his call. "Stop jumping. when the bowl was empty. still she gave Peter the rest. he called to the little girl. I have 67 had enough!" it Peter was speechless with surprise.ON THE PASTURE ner for Heidi and himself. But go ahead and filled it eat!" commanded off Heidi obeyed. goat. "and sit down. from my own again. She handed saying: him also the whole slice of cheese. is ready.^" get mine. that speckled one over there. and again." said Peter. "You can eat that. your dinner it is. for ." "What "I get Peter milk do you it Heidi inquired. and put the full bowl When he was ready. he Breaking a piece of bread for herself." "Is this milk for me?" she inquired. by putting her large pieces on one side and his own small Eiirli ones on the other. now. get.

She soon knew them. Nodding Heidi thanks to her. and he seized his prize. their Most of the goats ran away from rough comrade. who all tried to stick his big horns into the others. and asked Peter for their names. for the Thistle- finch had sharp horns and met him in the most warhke attitude. white goat. he ate the most luxurious in all his in the life. The boy their could tell them all to her. One of them was the Big Turk. and running his horns three or four times into the other. The bold Thistlefinch alone wai not afraid. Then he saw she meant his it. Not taking Heidi till earnest.HEIDI would have been impossible give in for him ever to up any of his share. kept up bleating in the 58 . A small. for she had hstened attentively. called Snowhopper. he hesitated she put the really things on his knees. too. meal he had ever had was watching the goats meantime. so astonished the Turk with still his great daring that he stood and gave up fighting. for names were about the only thing he had to carry in his head.

I drawing the little "Don't grieve any more. see. She was sold to somebody in Mayenfeld two days ago. because the old goat left us. she asked. am coming up with you every day now. Heidi at last went to the little thing again. of course." Snowhopper rubbed her head against ." Where is her grandmother?" I She hasn't any." little Snowhopper!" said Heidi. which induced Heidi to console it several times." "Who was the old goat?" "Her mother. you can come to me. The goat pressed close to Heidi's side and became Peter was still eating. and if there is anything the matter. creature tenderly to her. Sno whopper? for help?" Why httle do you always cry perfectly quiet. and throwing her arms around is its head. but between the swallows he called to Heidi: "She has is so unhappy.ON THE PASTURE most piteous way. **What the matter with you." And Poor her grandfather?" Hasn't any either.

came in time to prevent the goat from f alKng down over the very edge. The little girl had just been observing that Schwanli and Barli were by far the cleanest and prettiest of the goats. She saw him running to a dangerous abyss on the side. 60 Unfortunately Peter in his had stumbled over a stone hurry and . followed him. who had been lying on the ground. He has the best stable by far. he joined Heidi. She men- tioned it to Peter. Heidi. who replied: "I know! Of course they are the imcle washes prettiest. knowing that something must have happened. because the them and gives them salt." All of a sudden Peter. When Peter had finally finished his dinner.HEIDI Heidi's shoulder and stopped bleating. They evaded the obtrusive Turk with a sort of contempt and always managed to find the greenest bushes for themselves. jumped up and bounded after the goats. Peter had noticed how the rash Thistlefinch had gone nearer and nearer to Peter only just the dangerous spot.

might fall down there and break your leg. Not being Peter loudly called for help. horribly. for it knew what was Heidi screamed loudly: "Peter. The goat retreated shyly. no. bleated furiously. Yoii come.'" "You mustn't 61 hurt himl Let him . she said them under the soothingly: "Come. shoutedj indignation: go. able to get up. The Thistlefinch. When he had the goat in safety." do not beat him! look how scared he "He well deserves it. She quickly picked some fragrant herbs and holding animal's nose. When Peter he led back the runaway with Heidi's help. being enraged to find in his himself stopped charming ramble. got to his feet. seizing his arm. his for punishment.ON THE PASTURE was only able to catch the goat by one leg. Thistlefinch." That would hurt you The goat turned about and devoured the herbs Heidi held in her hand. rod to beat it he raised coming. and be sensible." to strike. is. ready But Heidi. full of snarled Peter. diately Heidi imme- saw that Peter was nearly pulling off the animal's leg.

fire. how beautiful the snow looks! . look! everything on fire." every day. sky. and Heidi suddenly called is to the boy: "Oh. Sitting bells on the grass. Peter. you promise never to in that beat any of the goats." he said. Thus the day had passed. "I'll let him go. piece of it to-morrow and it.f^ Oh. for he wanted a compensation for his fright. and the sun was already sinking down behind the mountains." growled Peter. look the moon over there is on ! too. The mountains are burning and the too.HEIDI Heidi's eyes were sparkling. all "You may have assured him. because I don't need Heidi "I shall also give if you a big bread. Heidi looked at the blue- and the wild roses that were shining in the last rays of the sun. he desisted and dropped his rope. Oh. and way he gave his promise." "I don't care. if you give me a piece of your cheese again to-morrow. The peaks also started to glow. and when he saw her with her commanding mien. Do you see the mountains all in 62 a glow.

how beautiful! It looks as if many. see. many dear! the fire roses were growing on those Oh." "But what is it then?" asked Heidi eagerly. . the eagle's nest is surely on fire. gazing about her everywhere.ON THE PASTURE Peter.^" mountain over there with the snow and the sharp peaks. will be the same again tomorrow." explained Peter. " It gets that way of itself." Peter reassured her. to go home. "Oh look! Everything this is all rosy now! Oh. has gone out and it is all Oh over. its What is "Mountains have no names. "Oh.'' "Come now. now they are getting grey. we have When Peter had called the goats together. too. cliffs. look at name. What ''It a terrible shame!" said Heidi quite despondently. said to Heidi: "This it is no fire. and looking up. look at the fir-trees over there!" Peter was quietly peeling his rod. 63 they started downwards. always looks like that. Oh." he answered.

"What about tomorrow?" "Tomorrow it will she inquired. T\Tien Peter had disappeared." was the reply. all the new things she had seen. reaching the hut. I am sure. they found the grand- them on a bench under the fir-trees.HEIDI "Will it be like that every day when we are up?" asked Heidi. be like that. assuring him that she would come. "It usually is. she hugged Snow- hopper a turned father! last time. That made Heidi feel happy again. Peter called to her: ! "Come again to- morrow Good-night !" Heidi gave him her hand. many flowers I am bringing you!" 64 . for they knew their masfather waiting for ter. Heidi ran up to him and the two goats followed. beautiful! I re- to it her "Oh grandfire was so saw the and the roses on the rocks! And see the many. She walked quietly by Peter's side. thinking over At last." Peter affirmed. eagerly. Heidi grandfather. and finding herself surrounded by the goats.

and when Heidi sat on her high chair before her milk. make each other angry. who sit in the villages anc^. grandso different!" They looked are Heidi exclaimed in her fright. we'll Afterwards go inside together and it I'll tell you all about during supper-time. "Then I shall never pick them any more! the eagle Please. tell me why screeches so loudly." asked Heidi. she asked the same question as before. "What father? is the matter with them. But oh. grandfather.ON THE PASTURE With that Heidi shook them out of her apron. i "Because he is sneering at the people' down below." did as They was proposed. He calls down t6 them: — R *If you would go apart to like live up on the heights me. you would 65 feel much . how miserable they looked! Heidi did not even know them any more. while I go into the shed to get your milk." said the grandfather. "They made to bloom in the sun and not to be shut up in an apron. "First go and take a bath.

that re- minded Heidi of the eagle's screech. 66 many . especially about the wonderful fire.HEIDI better!' " The grandfather said these last it words with such a wild voice. grandfather ?" asked Heidi. he throws most beautiful rays to them." Heidi described several and the old could man him She name them all The child told now about and asked the happenings of the day. ''Say- ing good-night to the mountains. and if you tell me their shape I can name them all. that they may not forget him till the morning. "They all have names. It was time now to go to bed. "Wliy do the mountains have no names. She dreamt that the little Snowhopper was bounding happily about on the glowing mountains with ghstening roses blooming round her." his Heidi was so much pleased with this ex- planation. how it came about." "'The sun does he exclaimed. and Heidi slept soundly all night. that she could hardly wait to see the sun's good-night greetings repeated. it. for you.

he was deprived of his abundant dinner.IV IN THE GRANDMOTHER'S HUT ^^EXT morning Peter came again with his goats. for he did not come saw nothing but misfortunes ahead of him. the grandfather would say: "You must stay home to-day. 67 . Heidi. and in this healthy Hfe Heidi grew stronger. and besides. for the wind can blow such a little thing as you down into the val- ley with a single gust. and Heidi went up to the pasture with them. The were so accustomed to Heidi by that they did not follow Peter this time. This happened day after day. Soon the autumn came and when the wind was blowing across the mountainside. and more sunburnt every day. when she was not with him." It always made Peter unhappy when Heidi along. he hardly knew goats how to pass his time.

for a deep snow had fallen over night. The sun had lost its vigor. watching the snow falling down. did not stop. and the child had to put on her shoes and stockings and her little dress. he was so frozen. and there was no greater pleasure than to see him arms. Heidi stood at the window. and soon the windows could not be opened. he would blow into his hands. It kept still it happy on snowing till it reached the windows. and by the wondrous roaring in the branches. When it had lasted 68 for several . Sometimes the grandfather would make small round cheeses on those days. The weather got colder and colder. and when Peter came up in the morning.HEIDI Heidi herself did not mind staying at home. Heidi thrilled would run out to the grove. and they were all shut in. the stir for Heidi the butter with his bare When the wind would howl through fir-trees on those stormy days. for she loved nothing better his than to watch her grandfather with saw and hammer. At last even Peter could not come any more.

him a hundred queswho was not an easy difficulty an- talker. Heidi thought that would soon cover up the cottage. and at last he said to the boy: *' Now that you have been under 69 . this conversation the grandfather's During eyes had been twinkling. Muttering." he went up to the fire. It finally stopped. It was Peter. His face was beaming. who had come up to see Heidi. Heidi was so inter- Poor Peter. found himself in great little swering the least it girl's inquiries. "Goodevening. and Heidi had to laugh when she saw little waterfalls trickling down from his person.IN THE GRANDMOTHER'S HUT it days. In the afternoon the two were sitting near the fire when noisy steps were heard outside and the door was pushed open. The grandfather now asked Peter how he got along in school. and the grandfather went out to shovel the snow away from the door and windows. for all the ice and snow had melted in the great heat. piling it up high here and there. ested that she asked tions. but at gave him leisure to dry his clothes.

" With that the old man prepared a meal which amply satisfied Peter's appetite. later the She expecting me. It had begun to get dark. when turning to Heidi he remarked ''I'll come next Sunday. Come and join us at supper.HEIDI jBre. and fetching down her heavy cover. and her first word next morning was " Grand: father. I is must go down to grandmother. Heidi. you need some strengthening. general. if I may. By the way." Four days under every her sun was shining and the tight-packed frozen snow was crackhng step. and Peter knew that He had said good-bye it was time to go. told her to follow him. They went out into the glistenshone and ghttered in the 70 ing snow. grandmother asked me to tell you that she would love to see you. and thank you. imploring the old man to let make the visit then. no sound was heard and the snow- laden fix-trees . Heidi was sitting at the dinner-table." Heidi immediately approved of this idea. when he got up.


Heidi in her transport was running to


"Grandfather, come out!

Oh, look

at the trees!


are all covered with

ver and gold," she called to the grandfather,

come out of his workshop with a wide sled. Wrapping the child up in

who had

her cover, he put her on the


holding her

Off they started at such a pace that

Heidi shouted for joy, for she seemed to be
flying like a bird.



had stopped


front of Peter's hut,

and grandfather said:

When it gets dark, start on your way home." When he had unwrapped her,

he turned homewards with his


Opening the door, Heidi found

herself in

a tiny, dark kitchen, and going through another door, she entered a narrow chamber.

Near a table a woman was seated, busy with mending Peter's coat, which Heidi had recognized immediately.
sitting in a corner,


bent old

woman was

and Heidi, approaching
do you do, grand-

her at once, said:





have come now, and I hope I

haven't kept you waiting too long!"

Lifting her head, the grandmother sought
for Heidi's hand.




she said: "Are you the httle

up with the uncle?
just brought

"Yes," Heidi repUed.

who Uves your name Heidi?" "The grandfather
Your hands
are as

me down

in the sled."


is it

as toast!

Brigida, did the uncle really child?"

come down with the
look at the child.

Brigida, Peter's mother,

had gotten up to She said: "I don't know

he did, but I don't think

She probably

doesn't know."
Heidi, looking up, said quite decidedly:


that grandfather wrapped

me up

in a cover

when we coasted down


"Peter was right after

said the grand-


never thought the child would

more than three weeks with him. Brigida, tell me what she looks like." "She has Adelheid's fine Hmbs and black eyes, and curly hair like Tobias and the old man. I think she looks like both of them."
While the

women were

talking, Heidi



Then she

been taking in everything.

"Grandmother, look at the shutter over



If grandfather

were here, he would fasten
the window-pane!

It will break

Just look at


a sweet child you are," said the

grandmother tenderly.
I cannot see

"I can hear




This cottage rattles



and when the wind blows,

top of

through every chink. Some day the

whole house

break to pieces and




only Peter

knew how




have no one


"WTiy, grandmother, can't you see the
shutter .f^" asked Heidi.

"Child, I cannot see anything," lamented

the old woman.

"Can you





open the shutter

to let in the light .^"

"No, no, not even then. Nobody can ever show me the light again." "But you can see when you go out into
the snow, where everything



with me, grandmother,


show you!" and

Heidi, taking the old
tried to lead her out.

woman by

the hand,

Heidi was frightened
the time.

and got more anxious



stay here, child.


dark for me, and

my poor eyes can neither

see the

snow nor the

"But grandmother, does it not get light in the summer, when the sun shines down
on the mountains to say good-night,

them all aflame?" "No, child, I can never see the fiery mountains anv more. I have to Hve in darkness,

now and sobbed aloud. "Can nobody make it hght for you.^^ Is there nobody who can do it, grandmother? Nobody ?" The grandmother tried all possible means
Heidi burst out crying
to comfort the child;

wrung her heart to her terrible distress. It was awfully hard Heidi to stop crying when she had once

begun, for she cried so seldom.

The grandyou some-


said: "Heidi, let




who cannot

see love to hsten




I shall tell grandfather about and I am sure he can make it light for you. it Talk to me and me about I your grandfather.IN tell THE GRANDMOTHER'S HUT Sit to friendly words down beside me all about yourself. opening his round eyes as wide as "Is possible. for 1 has been long since 1 have heard anything about him. for she had had a cheering thought.^ he seen Heidi. used to know him very well. than he smiled. Listening at- with the greatest vivacity. began to describe life with the grandfather. and who should come in but Peter." The her old woman remained silent. the . No sooner had tentively. Peter!" it really time for him to come home!" 75 . ''Grandit. mother. "Good-evening. and Heidi. He can mend your little house and stop the rattling. Heidi called. two women would say to each other sometimes: "Do you hear what she Did you listen?" says about the uncle Heidi's tale was interrupted suddenly by a great thumping on the door." Heidi suddenly wiped away her tears.

little Good-evening. "How quickly the time has flown." "Why should "I there be a change. light. I longed that Peter should read them to me some Peter's saying. and take care that she does 76 . but he will never be able to!" mother got up from her work now. for it is But the anxious grandmother called out: "Wait. On the shelf over there songs. an old prayerI book with beautiful have forgotten them all. last. dear. don't go up alone! Go with her. and holding out her hand to "Good-night. child. dark. am afraid he'll never learn is it after all. Peter. "I must make a The afternoon has passed and now it's getting dark. for I do not hear them any more.^" inquired Heidi with greatest interest. I was hoping You are nearly twelve years old. how is your reading going?" for a change at "Just the same. day. my boy. Peter. she started. she said: getting have to go." When Heidi heard those words.HEIDI exclaimed Peter's grandmother. "Oh." I all." the boy repHed.

and how nicely she can so All evening the grandmother said to herself. run after her." . Brigida had come in time to see and told the grandmother what she had witthe old nessed. but I won't be cold. carrying the child in his it.IN not THE GRANDMOTHER'S HUT Don't let fall. do you hear? Has Heidi a shawl?" "I haven't. for she had already escaped through the door. She ran so fast that Peter could hardly follow her. talk. "If only he lets her 77 come again! . "I am glad you kept your word. had hardly climbed any distance. he said. when they saw the old man coming and with children a few vigorous steps he stood beside them. "Thank God. Heidi. Get a warm shawl." Heidi called back. arms. The night. woman "I hope she'll come again. she has done me she has." much good! What a soft heart the darling. The old woman frettingly called out: "Brigida. thank God!" said. and packing her into her cover. he started up the hill. she'll freeze in this cold Hurry up!" Brigida obeyed. her get cold.

?" "Nobody rephed. "Everything is loose and poor grandmother told afraid that the house was might tumble down. me she And Can grandfather. a shutter is loose in father. 78 . do something to help her! I know you can. told me.? rattles in her house. As soon as they were inside the hut she began: ''Grand- reached the cottage. we must take some nails and a hammer down tomorrow.HEIDI have something to look forward to in world now. grandfather. How to be afraid in the to help you! Oh." Heidi in the house." Heidi had been clmging to her grandfather and looking up to him with trusting eyes. thank God!" I this Heidi could hardly wait before they She had tried to talk on the way. grandmother's house and shake.? terrible it must be dark and nobody there please. but no sound could be heard through the heavy cover. you help her and make it hght for her." "Is that Who says must. but I know. many we other places Everything so. she cannot see the light.

the grandmother in her fright nearly upset the spinning-wheel and screamed: "Oh. we'll see that it won't rattle any more. in her joy at seeing the child again. took down the following day with the same After Heidi had dis- instructions as before. glancing last down: ''All right. We can do it tomorrow. it has come at last. The hut is tumbling down!" "Grandmother.IN At THE GRANDMOTHER'S HUT he said. had stopped the wheel and called: ''Here is the child again! She has her out- come again!" Heidi. The grandmother. don't be frightened. grasping stretched hands.. God." said 79 \ . keeping his word. sat herself on a low stool at the old woman's feet and began to chat. he went around the house inspecting it. Suddenly violent blows were heard outside." Heidi was so overjoyed at these words that she danced around the room shouting: can do it "We'll do it tomorrow! We to- morrow!" The Heidi grandfather. appeared. child.

for the last nail 80 was gone . he even chmbed up on the roof. if it you heard it? Ask him to come moment. micle. very much obhged to you for doing us such a service. where much was missing. and how can we thank you?" "That will do. and mother would like to see you. There are few that would have done it.HEIDI the child. have Surely that in a is a hammer. is he. for I can find what needs mending myself. ''I know what your opinion about me is. she found the old man busy with putting a new beam along the Approaching him. All afternoon hammered around. for I must thank him. she said: "Mother and I wish you a good-afternoon. We are wall." When Brigida went out. for the uncle had a way that nobody could oppose. At the uncle last he had to stop. while she put her arms around hen "Grandfather is just fastening the shutter and fixing everything for you." Brigida obeyed. Go in." it "Is possible? Has God not forgotten us after all? Brigida." he interrupted.

will "I hope the uncle is always be kind. and when the door was in. Brigida?" Her daughter had to assent. and in that way the hours flew by. The darkness had come in the meantime. the day not over yet?" but now she always exclaimed after Heidi's departure: quickly the afternoon has gone by. she has come again!" Heidi would talk about her life. In former times the old is woman had always sighed: "Brigida. *'How Don't you think so. opened and the child ran the grandmother *' exclaimed every time more joyfully: Thank God." — "Does Heidi look 81 . packed warmly in his arms. child!" the "If only God will spare us the grandmother would often say. Sunshine had come again into the bhnd woman's hfe. too. as he well. Early every morning she would begin to listen for Heidi's footsteps. and made her days less dark and dreary. Brigida?" now.IN from THE GRAXDMOTHER'S HUT his pocket. and make the grandmother smile and laugh. Thus the winter passed. and Heidi was ready to go up with him. for Heidi had long ago won her heart.

often he would take down big loads of timber. The grandfather soon had mended the cottage. she slept better that for wmter than she had done many a year. . thanks to the uncle's kindness. which always got a reassuring answer. she visited her every day that winter. and that. The grandmother vowed that no rattling could be heard any more. which he used to good purpose. and when the weather was fair. she would get very sad. her only comfort was that her coming brought such happiness. Heidi also became very fond of the old grandmother. Whenever the child remembered that the grandmother was blind.HEIDI was a frequent question.


opening the door while she spoke. he said As she appeared kindly: *'Vou must not Give tell be afraid of me. the parson said: "It is long have seen you. I have come to-day to talk over a matter with you. who After had known the grandfather years entering. and is." me where your grandfather "He is inside. said: "Good-morn- Mr. neighbor. when she suddenly saw an old gentleman. if man got up. for I love children. It was the old pastor of the village. say- "Good-morning. he approached the old ing: ago. me your hand." Sitting since I down." the child replied." old The ing. Heidi. neighbor. man.HEIDI running to and fro before the door. who was standing near the door. surprised. standing beside ner. making round wooden spoons. Parson. dressed in black. and offer- ing a seat to the visitor. frightened. 84 . it good enough. I am sure you can guess what it is about." The clergyman here looked at Heidi. is Here is a wooden chair.

I have come now you about so that you can make your plans. clergyman the world." "I shan't do it. "and bring them some I come. a little hotly.TWO •* VISITORS salt." you can stay child should till Heidi disappeared on the spot. "What do you want "I want her to be bird!" the child to be?" free and happy as a "But to tell she is human. She must come to school next remember that. Heidi. "Do you think there is no way?" the replied. get the teacher's v/arning? What do you intend to do with the child?" "I do not want her to go to school. "The have come to school a year ago." said the old man. What sense you show!" 85 "You think I am going to send this dehcate . for little "You know you have travelled far. run out to see the goats." said the grandfather. it is high time for her to learn something. pastor!" was the reply. unrelentingly." "Didn't you the parson went on to say. and it. winter.

for the people there and I despise each other. and all winter I keep a fire going. for the wind often howls so that if chokes me I venture out. and I shall not her go. I will gladly fight out in court. "You could not send school from here. and had fainting-fits. her mother. and then you'll see how happy you will be. I know where to find good wood." "You are perfectly right. I couldn't live in the village." The clergyman had risen. and holding out . Nobody shall compel it me to let her go." said the man kindly.^ "You are mistaken. clergy- her to Why don't you come down again to Hve among us a strange hfe here." You are leading wonder how you can . a two hours' walk. we had better keep apart. She was a sleep-walker. I keep the child warm in winter. I assure you! Make your peace with God.^ Did you know Adelheid.HEIDI child to school in every storm and weather!" "It let it is the old man said excitedly." "She has young blood and a good cover.

while he shook his visitor by the hand: "Thank you for your kindness. was Heidi's aunt feathers she wore a hat with and a dress with such a train that it swept up everything that lay on the cottage Wliile the uncle looked at her silently. and him sadly." Next day they had hardly dinner.TWO his hand. finished their It when another Deta . receive We you gladly. but you will have to wait in vain. She told him that it had not been her intention to leave Heidi with him long. neighbor." said the parson." But the uncle repHed firmly. The old man was out and when Heidi begged of humor that day. Deta began him and the child's red cheeks. She had tried to provide for the child elseto praise 87 . reconciled with God and man. floor. visitor arrived. VISITORS shall he said cordially: "I count shall on you next winter. to go to the grand- mother. for she knew she must be in his way. he only growled: "Not to-day." "God be left with you.

furt. think I was telling you There is not a man in Pratiggan who would not thank God else. had told her to fetch the child at once. little and needed a companion at her Deta had heard from her lady that a sweet. and at last she had found a splendid chance for her. She had gone to the all housekeeper and told her about Heidi. She had come now. repHed: 88 but not to me. and for it was a luck}^ chance for Heidi. and who could tell — ' "Have you finished. for such news." said the imcle. quaint child was wanted as playmate and school- mate for the invalid. one never knew what might happen in such a case." "Bring them to somebody Deta. lady. delighted with the idea. the old man in- terrupted her at "Why. was confined to her This poor rolling-chair lessons. "Do you want . one might the silliest things. girl Very rich relations of her who owned the largest house in Frank- had a lame daughter. The lady. coldly.^" last. flaming up.HEIDI where.

were you. "I won't come. She bear is my only sister's child. and I shall not it." in her With long strides he went out. angry!" said Heidi "You have made him with a furious look. could you be indifbetter give ferent to such luck. else You do not care for her. eight years old and ignorant of everything. for I am how responsible. I do not want to see her with feathers hat and wicked words like yours. "He won't be cross long. You had way If I or I shall get the people to back me." Heidi replied." "Be quiet!" the uncle thundered with flaming eyes. where are your things?" asked Deta.TWO to hear VISITORS Don't I know how old she is. I would not have it brought to court. They have told me that you what I think? refuse to send her to church and to school. But come now. **Take her and ruin her. but do not bring her before my sight again. But . some things might be warmed up that you would not care to hear about. "What?" Deta said passionately.

you you could come back. Deta led the child 90 . you can come home again and by that time grandfather will have foring us given us. hke a goat." "I shall not come." was the reply. If You'll see how fine it is in Frankfurt. It is not very nice. or he will get more angry still. am taking you to the most beautiful place you have ever seen. and take your hat.HEIDI changing her tone." ** Can I come home again I told to-night. she continued in a more friendly manner: I *'Come now. Listen to me. but we can't help it. we can take the train to-morrow." After packing up Heidi's clothes she said again. "Don't be stupid and obstinate. you don't understand me. child. Grandfather is send- away and we must do what he commands.'*" asked Heidi. you do not like it. That will make you fly home again in the shortest time!" "Come now. If we get to Mayenfeld today. " Come. Holding the bundle.

pulling Heidi along with her." late. Peter? Where has she gone?" . for he carried his shoulder. The boy thought was a more useful oc* cupation to look for hazel-rods than to learn to read." first Heidi replied. "They have taken Heidi away. I am going to Frankfurt with Aunt Deta." was afraid that the old Deta. but not now. for she woman might detain the child. an enormous bundle on When he caught sight of Heidi and Deta. what that meant. for he always needed the rods. He had had a most successful day. "but I must see grand- mother. VISITORS On their the mountain. Who has. for she is waiting. "Oh no.TWO down Peter." Peter said with a groan. way they met who had not gone it to school that day. it is too You can see he^ said when you come back. he asked them where they were ** going. Peter ran into the cottage and hit the table with his 'jumped up in The grandmother her fright and asked him rods.

bring her some soft white is Heidi." let get free. bring to the grandmother?" "AVhat shall I "You might rolls.HEIDI the unhappy grandmother had seen Deta walking up short while ago asked. With a trembling hand the old woman opened a window and called out as loudly as she could: "Deta. and said: "I must go to grand- mother." Heidi confirmed her." When Heidi heard that she struggled to caUing me. she is But Deta would not again. it "We must go quickly now. don't take the child away. She urged her on by saying that she might return soon She also suggested that Heidi might bring a lovely present to the grandmother when she came back." "Yes. she always gives to Peter. After a while she asked: Heidi liked this prospect and followed Deta without more ado. her go. Deta. aunt. I think the black bread too hard for poor grandmother to eat. Brigida the footpath a and soon they guessed what had happened. I know. Don't take her from us. we might get 92 to Frankfurt .

Often people remarked that Heidi had left 93 how lucky it was him. She was glad enough to escape People could see that Heidi was the questions that people might ask her in the village. and Deta had to follow. They had seen . has.TWO with the rolls." whenever she heard from the sides: "Are you taking her with running away a wonder she is still you?" uncle?" "Is she "What ahve!" "What red cheeks she behind them. Everybody was afraid of him." and so on. pulling her along. and then only his cheese and buy his provisions." VISITOKS today and then I can be back tomorrow Heidi was running now. and the women would warn their children to keep out of his sight. He came down to sell but seldom. left Soon they had escaped and had the village far From that time on the uncle looked more angry than ever when he came to the village. Don't you see how the child is hurrying? We have from all still far to go. so she said: "I can't stop.

of course. These reports reached the village. and I have no joy left. If only I could hear Heidi's voice before I die. she would tell them what good care the old man had taken of Heidi. for the grandmother was infirm and us with the child. so they thought that she had been glad to go. her. She began her days with sighing again." the poor old woman would exclaim. day after day. but people only half believed them. him Whenever anybody came up to faithfully. . old. happiness has left "All The days are so long and dreary.HEIDI her hurrying away. She also told them that he had mended her little The old grandmother alone stuck to house.

thin face with soft blue eyes. which could be Clara spent most pushed from room to room.VI A NEW CHAPTER WITH NEW THINGS N a beautiful house in Frank- furt lived a sick child by the name of Clara Sesemann. isn't it time yet. which at that moment were watching the clock impatiently. Clara had a pale. She was sitting in a comfortable rolling-chair. Sesemann's death. a peculiar uniform with a long cape. At last she said: "Oh Miss Rottenmeier.^" The lady so addressed was the housekeeper. used as a living-room. Miss Rottenmeier wore Clara's father. 96 who . where long rows of This room was bookcases lined the walls. and a high cap on her head. of her time in the study. and here she was also given her lessons. who had lived with Clara since Mrs.

" With that.'^" Deta repeated her wish told her to wait while she 96 Tinette upstairs. my business. coming down the stairway. he disappeared. "Ring the maid. girl Deta.HEIDI was away from home a great deal. "That's not my business. went . I see IVIiss Rottenmeier.^" Deta "That's not nounced. saw a with a bril- Uant white cap on her head. "you must ring Sebastian." grumbled the for the butler. left the entire management of the house to this lady. The maid stopped haK-w^ay down scornfully: and asked "What do you again. "May asked." coachman. While Clara was waiting." the butler anfor Tinette. ringing again. the butler. want. ar- She was asking the coachman who had brought her if she could go upstairs. Deta had rived at the front door with Heidi. a man with large brass buttons on his coat. soon stood before her. on the condition that his daughter's wishes should always be considered.

Miss Rottenmeier." the child replied. if I may. slowly getting up. it Following the maid. "Is the child ignorant or pert. a madam. your name?" the lady asked." Deta after giving Heidi blow for her unbecoming answer. name "I don't remember that any more. Miss Deta?" "I little shall speak for the child. '' What an answer What does that mean ?" ! said the housekeeper.? Is that a Christian name? What did you receive in baptism?" mquired the lady again. shaking her head. approached the newcomers. She did not seem pleased with Heidi. "Heidi.A NEW CHAPTER but did not take long before the two were asked to come up." was the child's clear answer. they found themselves in the study. said. Deta held on to Heidi's hand and stayed near the door. who wore her hat and shawl and was looking up at the lady's headdress with innocent wonder. is "What "What. ''The child has never been in such a fine house 7 9T .

is How "I old Adelheid?" am sorry. she eight years old!" did not get embarrassed. But Miss Deta.HEIDI and does not know how to behave." said Heidi now. I hope the lady will forgive her manners." said Heidi. who was my sister. blow. but I am afraid she is some- what younger than I thought. "But how did you learn to read?" "I can't read and Peter can't do it either. "How can we get along? What have you studied?" learned? What books have you "None. only Miss Rot- tenmeier exclaimed indignantly." "Grandfather said that I was eight years old. is I think she about ten years old. to be able to share her studies. thought I told you that Miss Clara's companion would have to be twelve years old hke her. but as Deta gave her another the child had no idea why." I "Oh well. 98 . the child seems peculiar for her age." Heidi retorted. that is better. She is called Adelheid after hermother. "What.

" With a bow she was outside and with a few quick steps hurried down -stairs. was not easily intimidated. As come to see how the child is getting along. for she wanted to ask Deta a number of questions. truthfully. and called to the child now to come to her. soon as I can. Miss Hottenmeier followed her and tried to call her back. Heidi was still standing on the same spot. "Miss Deta. Heidi approached the rolling-chair. Deta. . would suit you. however. Clara had watched the scene. but I thought this is small. for I'll my mistress waiting. "Do you want to be called Heidi or Adel99 heid?" asked Clara. **How is it possible? What else have you studied?" "Nothing. and child said: "I am sorry. how could you bring this child?" said the housekeeper. when she was more composed. She but older I children are often spoilt and not is like her." replied Heidi.A NEW CHAPTER *'For mercy's sake! you cannot read?" cried the lady in her surprise. must go now.

some Clara." said Clara.^" "I think so. and he has to gets so tired. no. for I like it very much. but then I am going home again to-morrow.'* child's answer. What Was always like that. he their books. Candidate comes at ten and stays two." "Did you hke asked Clara again. the "I have never heard curly hair you have name it before. to come to Frankfurt?" "Oh.^ We have our lessons together. for till Mr.HEIDI "My Dame was the "I'll call is Heidi and nothing else. Miss RottenMiss Rottenoil meier and he both yawn but when I do together behind it. soft and white shall bring grandmother explained. meier makes me take cod-liver 100 and says . it will Generally the morning seems to have no end. don't you shall know that. you Heidi then." rolls. are." Heidi "TVTiat a curious child you said "You have come to Frankfurt to stay with me. and I think be great fun when you learn to read. That is a long time. yawn himself.

not daring to wise. for she felt responsible for Heidi's coming and did not know how to cancel this unfortunate step. for it to understand It won't take long to learn. You won't know what he is difficult means at him." Deta. So I must swallow oil. learn to read Heidi shook her head doubtfully at these ''Everybody must learn to read." 101 . She soon got up again to go to the dining-room. will and then you know what he means. She was in a very excited mood. Mr. be now. criticising the butler and giving orders to the maid. Candidate plain it all is very patient and will ex- to you. Heidi. noisily show his rage other- opened the folding doors. for I hate the What fun !" it will when you prospects. Sebastian. At last she said: "You look like Peter. When he went up to Clara's chair. though. he saw Heidi watching him intently. she came back to When Miss Rottenmeier found that she recall was unable to the children. my yawns. first.A NEW CHAPTER that I am ill.

"Can I have this. looking at her plate. she turned to Sebastian. and pointing at it.^^" Sebastian nodded. to me. In way they were placed at the enormous roll When Heidi saw a on her plate. The butler nodded. but another pause ensued. i(» . and when he saw Heidi put the bread in her pocket. then turning her eyes to the butler. He came baked to Heidi now with a dish of small fishes.^^" the child quietly asked. especially on account of the resemblance she had discovered. she said: "Must it I eat that.' down beside her. and sent them all into the dining- room. asked. For a long time the child did not move. After Clara was the housekeeper sat lifted on to her chair. The hardly able to keep his countenance. sit opposite the lady.HEIDI Miss Rottenmeier was horrified with this remark. could hardly keep from laughing. don't you give "Why butler. Heidi was motioned to that table. was told to place the dish on the table and leave the room.^^" Heidi had already great confidence in the butler.

" exclaimed Miss Rottenmeier. for she had risen at five that morning. Adelheid. She also told her never to speak to Sebastian unless was important. highly amused. and a hundred other things. Poor Heidi's eyes were fell asleep. TMien the question came up of how to call Clara. *' Of course you shall call me Clara. remember everyago. " It is atrocious what I have to bear with this child. and lean- ing against her chair she When Miss Rottenmeier had finished instructions.^" "Heidi went to sleep a long time said Clara." now about A great many all rules followed behavior at times. closing.'* Did you understand me. about the shutting of doors and about going to bed. When the two ser- vants arrived. ringing the bell with all her might. After that the child was told how to accost the servants and the governess.A NEW CHAPTER When he was gone. she said: "I hope you will thing. the older girl said. they were hardly able to rouse Heidi enough to show her to her bed-room* 103 . Miss Rottenmeier explained to Heidi with many it signs how to help herself at table.

she dressed in a great hurry. She found herself on a high white bed in a spacious room. and a sofa covered with cretonne.VII MISS ROTTENMEIER HAS AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY HEN Heidi opened her eyes she next morning. was eager to look at the sky and the ground below. in a corner she saw a wash-stand with many curious things standing on it. all the hap- Jumping out She of bed. did not know where she was. several chairs. as she had always done at home. Looking around she observed long white curtains before the windows. What was her disappointment when she found that the windows were too high for 104 . Suddenly Heidi remembered penings of the previous day.

saying: matter. When breakfast had passed with105 . for the maid's face was scornful and forbid- ding. fiowers of spring that she had hailed with such delight.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY her to see anything except the walls and windows opposite." Heidi did not take this for a summons. for she expected much happier than new things to happen that day. and sat down on a low stool. Trying to open them. when Miss Rottenmeier burst into the room. Suddenly Tinette opened the door and said curtly: "Breakfast's ready. vain. Adelheid. but in The poor is child felt like a little bird that first placed in a glittering cage for the At last she had to resign herself. She looked usual.'* Come to breakfast!" Heidi immediately followed the lady into the dining-room. she turned from one to the other. where Clara greeted her with a smile.'^ "What is the Didn't you understand. She was waiting patiently for what would happen next. thinking of the melting snow on the slopes and the first time.

sadly. Clara now like. She was really responsible for it. the two cliildren were allowed to go into the hbrary together and were soon left alone." repUed Clara. "How can I see down to the ground?" Heidi asked. "But impossible to open them. home had been and Heidi told her gladly about her Hfe in The tutor had arrived in the meantime." Heidi said. asked Heidi what her the hut. having arranged everything herself. You can't do if it and I can't help you. but he was not asked to go to the study as usual. either. felt like The poor had a prisoner in her room. "Oh he'll no. amused it is at the question. Miss Rottenmeier was very much excited about Heidi's coming and all the comphcations that arose therefrom. ''Open a window and peep out. She presented the uu106 . but you ask Sebastian child do it for you.HEIDI out disturbance." Heidi was relieved.

When for the the lady saw that he would not side let with her.B.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY fortunate case before the teacher. beheld a pile of books and papers on the floor. Mr. but Clara was highly enter- by these events. followed by a cry to Sebastian for help. 107 and said: "Heidi . A black stream of ink flowed across the length of the room. and not afraid of teaching beginners. looking at fortunes on us. Heidi had disappeared." with ink. for she wanted him to help her to get rid of the child. Candidate. she him enter the study alone. with the table-cover on top. wringing her hands.^ Miss Rottenmeier exclaimed. "There. w^as always careful of his judgments. While she considered frightful noise as of many problems. however.C held great horrors for her. before. "Everything drenched Did such a thing ever happen This child brings nothing but misteacher was standing up. Running in." The tained the devastation. A. falling a something was she heard in the adjoining room.

I think she In her hurry to get away she it caught on the table-cover and pulled must never have seen a coach in all her life." Heidi. . she saw her standing at the open door. down the carriage The noise of the passing of the roaring had reminded her 108 of the south-wind on the Alp.HEIDI has not done it on purpose and must not down. that she has no idea whatever about behavior? She does not even know that she has to quiet at her lessons. you doing here? How can you run away meier. Sesemann say if she should run away?" Whew Miss Rottenmeier went down-stairs to look for the child. Mr. like that?" scolded Miss Rotten- "I heard the see replied fir-trees rustle. be punished. sit But where has she gone? What would Mr. Candidate. for when she heard a carriage rumbling by." "Didn't I tell you. looking **WTiat are down the street. but I can't them and do not hear them any more. she rushed out like mad. looking in great perplexity street.

"This must never happen again. "You must sit quiet at your if you get up again I shall tie you to your chair. yawn that morning. and there was no more Nobody had time to resting. In the afternoon.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY What nonsense! We are not in a wood. for she sur- had not noticed it in her hurry. come up -stairs with the When She he reached the head of the she said to him: "I want to ask you something." saw that the butler seemed angry. Do you hear me. while Clara was Heidi was self in left to herself. and gave a promise to lessons. stairs. Come with me now to see what you When Heidi saw the devastation have done." said the lady sternly. she was greatly prised.'^" Heidi understood. She planted her- the hall and waited for the butler to silver things. After the servants had straightened the it room. so she reassured him by saying that she did not mean any harm. sit quietly during her lessons from that time on. for studies. time was late. "Fir-trees? ' ' that she had caused. 109 .

" he replied." "Where do you go everything?" to look far down on see that "On there a church-tower.HEIDI All right. what is it?" My name is not Miss. Is it the same way on the other side of the house?" "Yes. Heidi turned her head away. Do you one over there with the golden dome? From you can overlook everything. why don't you call me Heidi?" told "Miss Rottenmeier Miss." sighed the child. for me?" Sebastian got a stool for Heidi. In great disappointment. "I don't see anything but a street of stone. Miss." me to call you I "Did she? Well then. "What now. it must be so. have three names already." 110 . can I do for you?" asked Sebastian "Can you open a window "Certainly. for the window-sill was too high for her to see over.

?" Heidi flower- had nothing picture. in her pocket but a little it Clara had only given to her this it. "Who can tell me." was the reply. but she could not see the tower any more. not daring to accost any of the busy people." " Can you show me another church with a tower . Passing a corner. for it. she found herself in the street. Heidi ran to him and asked: *' Where is the tower with the golden dome?" ''Don't know.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY Heidi the immediately stepped down from Opening stool and ran down-stairs. the door. she saw a boy who had a barrel-organ on his back and a curious animal on his arm. holding out his hand." "Then come and show me." "What are you going to give me said the boy.f^" "Of course I can. morning. She wandered on from street to street. so she was loath to part with The temptation to look far 111 down into the .?" "Don't know.

she pulled it with The boy agreed to wait for Heidi and show her the way home if she gave him a double fee. and her might." "All right. an old man opened the door. much must I give you?" How "Twenty pennies. though. The boy shook his valley head. for she had never seen one. When they arrived before an old church with a tower." to see the tower?" said Heidi. In an angry voice. The lock creaked now from inside. but having discovered a all bell. but come. Heidi found out what a barrel-organ was. but Clara has some. "What else do you want?" "Money. he said: "How do you dare to ring for me? Can't you see that it is only for those who want "But I do. to Heidi's satisfaction." "I have none. Heidi was puzzled what to do next. and she offered him the gift. 113 ." While they were wandering down the street.HEIDI was too great for her.

The two climbed up now many. many which got narrower all the time. it different from the way I thought said." 8 We'll go down now and you must promise never to ring at my tower any ns . TMien lifted they had arrived on top. if you care so much. which were nearly full of tears. want to look down from up try it "Get home and don't again." he said. but Heidi held his coat-tails and pleaded with him to let her come. and her heart sank. little girl would be." I to see? Did anybody send you?" asked the man." With that the tower-keeper was going to shut the door." she "There! what could such a know about a view? more.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY "What do you want "No. taking her by the hand. steps.. The tower-keeper looked at the child's eyes. but there. "All right. the old Heidi up to the open window. roofs and towers. it's "Oh^ dear. man Heidi saw nothing but a sea of chimneys. come along.

keep. How happy Heidi was! in the Of course there huge house. when she saw them crawhng about. 114 .^" jumping and tumbling. and was delighted when the old cunning man opened the basket. where a large grey cat guarded her new family in a basket. for the old tower was full of rats and mice. of course. "What charming kittens.^" Heidi asked. after she take them with me?" the child had tried in vain to catch one." the old several if you have room for man said. "Yes. for she "For me? to could not beheve her ears. and was enough room cunning things. have one. Heidi gazed at her in surprise. "Would you like to the old man asked.HEIDI On their way they passed an attic. what little creatures!" she exclaimed in her de- Ught. glad to find a good home for the kittens. You can have them. Clara would be delighted when she saw the "How can I asked. This cat caught half-a-dozen mice every day for herself.

lived with is there a golden dog on the door. while he caressed the old cat. Sese- mann.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY "I can bring them to your house." The also ''I old man had lived in the tower a long time and knew everybody. who had him many years." was the reply. "Bring them to Mr. Sesemann's house <( No.f^ Do you belong to Mr. I am Heidi could hardly tear herself away from the pretty things. know. was a special friend of his. she hke them." he ''But to whom shall I send them.^^" where Mr. After that she went away.^" "No." said Heidi's new friend. Sebastian said. if you tell me where you live. with a ring in his mouth. she asked the boy: "Do you know is. so the old man put one kitten in each of her pockets to console her. leave of the tower- keeper. 115 . The boy was waiting and when she had taken patiently for her. will Please send them sure." to Clara. Sesemann's house.

all waiting for you in the dininglike Miss Rottenmeier looks a loaded How could you run away like that. meier began with a severe and solemn voice: "I shall speak with you Adelheid." was seen him. herself pulling the and soon Heidi found door-bell. little "Come up "They room. When Sebastian arrived he said: "Hurry up. for and the boy Sebastian had not even in. it.f^ can you leave the house without a Your behavior was very till remiss. Heidi went left outside. till boy remembered Off they started.^" down quietly Heidi sat on her chair. How word." he urged. The idea of walking about so late!" "Meow!" was the reply. are quickly.HEIDI She described the it as well as she could. "I didn't. Miss. and there was an unAt last Miss Rottenlater. cannon. and disappeared." Miss Rottenmeier 116 tried ." Heidi began— "Meow!" Sebastian nearly flung the dish on the table. No- body said a word. "This is enough. comfortable silence.

the They both played happily with two graceful creatures. Clara held the kittens in her lap. having caught sight of the kit- when Heidi came The scene was a little very peaceful one now. Tinette. He had in. take the horrible things away!" With that she ran into the study.f^ Kittens. "I "Heidi. for she feared kittens beyond anything on earth.^" screamed the housekeeper. "Get up and leave the room. made — " Heidi got — ''Meow! meow! meow! if She began again.AN UNCOMFORTABLE DAY to say. and Heidi was kneeling beside her. Miss Rottenmeier is angry . "why do you you see that always say 'meow' again. it's "I am not doing the kittens. 117 ." she explained." up." said Clara now. "What? Cats. but her voice was hoarse with fury. The butler promised to look after the new-comers and prepared a bed for them in a basket. When came tens Sebastian had finished his laugh. he into the room. "Sebastian.^" it. locking herself in. foreseen the excitement.

Miss Rottenmeier was going to give Heidi was postponed to the following day. quickly seizing the kittens and taking them away. . asked.HEIDI A long time afterwards." repHed the butler. Miss Rottenmeier cautiously opened the door. They fortable bed. when it was time to go to bed. "Are they away?" she "Yes. for the lady was too The lecture that much went quietly to bed. and the children were happy in the thought that their kittens had a comall exhausted after her fright.

the door-bell rang so violently that Sebastian thought it must be Mr." 'What nonsense \ Miss Clara never goes 119 . Sesemann himself." least say 'Miss Clara'. see Clara. with a barrel-organ on his back.VIII GREAT DISTURBANCES IN THE SESEMANN HOUSE SHORT time after the tutor had arrived next morning. stood before him! "What do you mean by like that.f^" pulling the bell the butler said. What was his surprise when a dirty street-boy. "I want to "Can't you at you ragged urchin?" said Sebastian harshly." said the boy. "You are crazy! How do you know Miss Clara lives here?" "I showed her the way yesterday and she promised to give «r me forty pennies. "She owes me forty pennies.

black eyes and talks in a funny way. and then you can play something for INIiss Clara. said: "Can't he come right up.? Hur- rying into the study. Sebastian entered: when he had "A boy is here who wants to see Miss Clara." Knockmg said.door. Mr. room when she heard the Where did they come from. before I send you!" The and boy. did not even budge. delighted at his interruption. she saw the street-boy playing to the eager children." "Oh. however." Pulling the boy into the house. ''I saw her. "Stop! stop!" she called. for the music drowned her voice. at the study. Miss Rottenmeier was in Uie adjoining sounds. and started to play.HEIDI out." Clara. You had better take yourself off. Suddenly she 120 . Candidate.?" But the boy was already inside. but in vain. you can follow me. She has curly hair. Wait at the door till I call you." Sebastian chuckled to himself. he said: "All right. said: "that was the httle Miss.

for there. in. wiser now to stay in the study to prevent further dis- Suddenly there was another knock at the door. the tutor. between her crawled a black turtle. Sebastian appeared with a large basket." said Miss Rottenmeier. ''We had better have our lesson before we inspect it. can't we just peep to see what it is. turning please. Only when she shrieked for Sebastian could her voice be heard. which had been brought for Clara.'^" "I am afraid that you 121 will think of noth- . It was well done. The butler came straight in. for he had seen everything behind the door. Miss Rottenmeier found turbances. and a great scene it had been! Glued to a chair in her fright. Miss Rottenmeier called: "Send the boy away! Take them away!" Sebastian obediently pulled the boy after him.' Clara." With that he closed the door behind him. asked: Mr. then he said: *'Here are forty pennies from Miss Clara and forty more for playing. Candidate. a big jump. to But *'0h. my it boy.GREAT DISTURBANCES made feet.

Mewing and running. which had been only lightly fastened.HEIDI ing else. scampering around the room with the they climbed up utmost speed. and one. look how they jump ! Heidi. moved. she called for the servants. on Miss Rottenmeier's dress and crawled around her feet. look at the cunning creatures. was alone with the children in the evening. and oh. who had found out the culprit. They soon arrived and stored the little kittens safely in the new bed. They bounded over the tutor's boots and bit his trousers . either! When Miss Rottenmeier. they caused a frightful confusion. When the housekeeper had collected her wits after the great fright. Just then something in the basket. two. No time had been found for yawning that Heidi followed day. look at that one. she began severely: 122 . while the teacher shook them off.f^" them about. Clara called out in delight: "Oh." the teacher began. see the one over there . three and still more little kittens jumped out.

though nothing remark- able happened for a few days. to is only one punishment I am going to send you to the think over your dreadful misdeeds." The lady unwillingly replied: *'A11 right. but I shall also speak a few words to Mr. rats had But Clara shrieked: "Oh. Miss Rottenmeier. rats. and the lady often felt discouraged. there for you. Clara. Sesemann. cellar. for in her grandfather's cellar fresh milk and the good cheese had been kept. Clara. 123 The girls always . you must wait till Papa comes home. except that they would remind her of goats and eagles." the room. With those words she left Since the child's arrival every- thing had been upset. and no lodged there. enjoyed her comIn her lesson she could never get her panion's society. letters straight. They meant absolutely nothing to her.GREAT DISTURBANCES "Adelheid. on the contrary. and then he can punish Heidi. for she always did funny things." in company with the A cellar held no terrors for Heidi.

and putting on her old straw hat. she would of sit in a corner till her desire for bear. alone in her room for some hours. must go tomorrow. "What are you up to. The poor At the door she encountered Miss Rottenmeier.?" she exploded. who stared at Heidi in mute surprise. and Heidi would entertain her friend with former life. hurry she packed the bread in the red shawl. Thinking of the green fields at home. "Haven't I forbidden you to run away? You look Uke a vagabond!" 1^ . started off. of the sparkling flowers on the mountains. so Her aunt re- had if clearly told her that she might return." Clara's soothing words and the prospect more rolls for the grandmother kept the Every day after dinner she was left child.HEIDI spent their evenings together. In a great she wished to do one day she solved to leave for the Aim-hut. till tales of her her longing grew so great that she added: "I have to go I home now. child did not get very far. all those things became too great to so.

service and such a room? Answer!" "No.GREAT DISTURBANCES "I was only going home. sake. just idle and good-for-nothing!" But Heidi could not bear it any longer. Poor Thistlefinch gets blows if Peter gets no cheese. running up the In her hurry she had bumped into . "What a thankless child you are. proceeded. WTiat will poor Sno whopper do without me? Grandmother is waiting for me every day. "Don't I know that?" the furious lady ''Wliat. She loudly wailed: "Oh. Sesemann say? What is it that does not suit you here? Don't you get better treatment than you deserve? Have you ever before had such food. if How the eagle would screech he saw all the people here in Frankfurt!" "For mercy's stairs. the child is crazy!" exclaimed IMiss Rottenmeier." whispered the frightened child. I want to go home. you want to run away from this house? What would Mr." was the reply. and I must see the sun again when he says good-night to the mountains.

They are running round like wild!" Nodding cheerlessly. I Come up now. she said so!" —Come. "Bring the unlucky child to him. many thanks.HEIDI Sebastian. he saw Heidi Cheerfully he standing near the door with jflaming eyes. Do not and cheer up. Oh. for he had en- countered something far harder than she had. See- Heidi walked up-stairs very slowly. trembling all over. Httle one? to heart. She nearly made a hole in my head just now. but we must not get discouraged. who was just then coming down. the child disappeared in her room. Sebastian said: "Don't give in! Don't be so sad! till You have have been so courageous never heard you cry yet. That night at supper Miss Rottenmeier 126 . rubbing his head. no! up with you. asked: "What take it has happened. ing her so changed. rubbing her head. too." answered the butler. now. When the butler came down. up!'* she called "All right. and when the lady's away we'll go and look at the kittens.

" cried Heidi in despair.f^ A I big pile of bread in like. your wardrobe! it is never heard the true.GREAT DISTURBANCES watched Heidi constantly. when she suddenly returned. "No. calling Tinette. Miss Rottenmeier told him her fears about Heidi's But the teacher had more serious troubles still." Then. Clara. Miss Rottenso Clara had given her some. stay here. while "You we take the rubbish away." said the lady Heidi threw herself chair sternly. hardly touching her food. except the Talking with the tutor next morning. but nothing happened. The child sat as quiet as a mouse. I find." she said contemptuously.C in all this time. 127 . down now on Clara's and sobbed as if her heart would break. little roll. for Heidi had not even learned her A. Heidi was sorely in need of some clothes. "Adelheid. mind. don't! is I must keep my hat The bread ! for grandmother. she ordered her to take away the bread and the old straw hat she had found. meier was just busy arranging the child's wardrobe. "what do Yes.B.

long time did Heidi quiet. and more. Sebastian made strange signs to her that she did not understand.HEIDI "Now I can't bring grandmother any rolls! Ohjthey were for grandmother!" she lamented. "Heidi. Stop now. will much you softer and better than those Those were not stale ones have kept. please. though. she found her old beloved straw hat hidden under her cover. day. I as don't cry any more. So Sebastian had saved it for her and had tried to tell her! She crushed it for joy. and don't cry any more!" Only after a long. she cried: "Are you me still as many as I had. Heidi's eyes were swollen and hard for her to keep from crying. . to eat. Later. begged. she hid 128 it in the furthest corner of her wardrobe. and wrapping it in a handkerchief. Heidi. become give When she had heard Clara's really going to promise.^" it At was supper." Clara "Listen! When you They fit go home some am going to give you as many be rolls you had. What did he mean? into her when she climbed high bed.

he entered his daughter's room. the master of the house had just The servants were taking upstairs one load after another. my girls. for Mr." 1^ Heidi replied. now. Then he little called to Heidi: girl. residence. what?" right. Sesemann always brought many lovely things home with him. Clara is always kind to me. for she loved her father dearly. He Clara affectionately. there is our Swiss Come Are and give me your hand! That's you good friends. and she was equally delighted to see him. . "Oh. tell me don't fight together. 9 no.^^ You "Oh.IX THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE HEARS OF STRANGE DOINGS FEW days afterwards there in the for was great excitement Sesemann arrived. When greeted Heidi shyly retreated into a corner.

I the father rising. mann. hardly touching the earth." 130 "I think that even Swiss children are . to have a companion for Clara. we have been disappointed.HEIDI "Heidi has never even tried to Papa. What is matter Clara seems well enough.f^ not look very happy at my the arrival. I "We thought of this Swiss life child." he said to her. pure child. for I am hungry. calmly sipping had decided. "Oh." said "I must get I shall my dinner now. Sesemann. as you know. "That's good." In the dining-room he found Miss Rottenmeier surveying the table with a most tragic face." said the lady. terribly "How do you mean?" asked Mr. like to fight. hoping she would go through like a breath of pure air. come back soon and show you what I have brought home with me. hear that. Mr." Clara quickly remarked. Knowing as I did that you would wish me to get a noble. "You do . Sesehis wine. Miss Rottenmeier.

But poor Mr. I hope you will exseem plain. Candidate. for this child has brought the most frightful animals tell into the house. Sesemann. Candidate can you !" "The '*I child does not look very terrible. Please take a cup of coffee with me and tell me about if my daughter's companion. and had to listen to very long-winded explanations of the child's char* 131 . Candidate. have been terribly disappointed. he began to reassure pointing out to his host about the child. Then it short. when the tutor entered. But what do you mean?" cannot explain in her right it. did not get his answer. Make you please!" But this was impossible for Mr. otherwise they would have to have wings. and so on. who had to greet Mr. unfortunately. Sesemann first. Mr. "Oh. Mr." Mr. Sesemann was getting worried at last.STRANGE DOIXGS made to touch the earth. him that her education had been neglected till then. because she does not mind at times." "I think you understand what I I mean.

Candidate. but I must go last At over to Clara now. Sesemann laughed heartily and asked Clara if she turtle. Heidi had gone. Mr. wished Heidi to remain. a glass of water. he sat holding her hand. who had little risen at his approach." aniis he asked. get me —get me When Clara. Sesemann got up. Mr. tell Clara. he said: ''Come." He found the children in the study. Mr. fresh water. down near little "Tell me.'^" Clara all now began to relate to her father the incidents with the kittens and the and explained Heidi's speeches that had so frightened the lady.HEIDI acter. "please me clearly what mals Heidi has brought into the house. she really not right in her mind. Turn- ing to Heidi." . it something amusing happens every day. Papa. one.^" " Of course." he replied." "Fresh water . Since she is here. "Of course. but now Heidi keeps 133 me company. saying: "Excuse me. used to be so dull.

had to go down it. for you have a glass.' When he heard that he laughed very loud and gave me his regards for you. Heidi handed him the glass and said: "Yes. Sesemann." "You did not go to the fountain yourself. Did you get nice fresh water?" asked Mr. he stood still and said: 'Please give me to drink. "Certainly. another street and there I got A gentle- man with white hair sends his regards to you." Clara's father laughed and asked: "Who was the gentleman?" "When he passed by the fountain and saw me there with a glass. but I had to get there were so it from first far. Clara." 133 . Sesemann. Heidi . with the wish that you would enjoy your drink. many people at the I and at the second fountain. very good. Sesemann.STRANGE DOINGS "Very good. Oh! here is your friend back again. Mr. fresh from the fountain.f^" said Clara. to whom are you bringing the water?' Then I said: *I am bringing it to Mr.

My mother is coming very soon to stay here. that was the doctor —" "That was my old doctor. and she will help you to manage the child. Mr. Sesemann only stayed two weeks." ter at the exclaimed father and daugh- same time." repHed the lady." Mr. there friendly laugh and wears a gold his thick gold pendant with a red stone on is a horsehead on his cane. "Her pecuharities must not be punished. 134 . Miss Rottenmeier. I know that.HEIDI "I wonder who it was? What did the gentleman look like?" "He has a chain." "Oh. for the children were very fond of each other and he found Heidi normal and very "I want the child to be treated kindly. In the evening." "Of course. sweet. as you know. Sesemann added decidedly. Sesemann. for there is nobody in this world that my mother could not get along with. but she was not very pleased at the prospect. Sesemann told Miss Rottenmeier that Heidi was going to remain. much for Mr. Mr.

who thought that the child was not entitled to this intimacy. Mr. when the his business called grandmother's following day. Sesemann had hardly left. visit was announced for the Clara was looking forward to this visit. . He consoled his daughter by telling her that his mother was coming in a very few days.STRANGE DOINGS him back to Paris. to Miss Rottenmeier's disapproval. and told Heidi so much about her dear grandmama that Heidi also began to call her by that name.

inspecting everything. it was not long before Tinette opened the door and said brusquely: into the study!" "Go The grandmama.X A GRANDMAMA r ^^ -. Tinette had put on a new cap. and Miss Rottenmeier walked with great dignity about the house. immediately befriended the child feel as if she had known her To the housekeeper's great mor136 she called the child Heidi. followed by Miss Heidi Rottenmeier in more measured but step. When the carriage at last droVe up. remark- . tification. her kind and lov- ing way. Sebastian was placing footstools in front of nearly every armchair. had been sent to her room to await further orders.[HE following evening great ex- pectation reigned in the house. the servants flew downstairs. with and made her always.

Sesemann. and went into asleep. not finger. want to know. I call her so." The housekeeper soon found to respect the grandmother's ions. she when she got up again the dining-room.^ said Mrs. she has not the slightest is moving a desire to do she thinks something useful. After a while somebody and with a bewildered face Miss Rottenmeier appeared. stirred inside. knocking loudly on the door. and that why of such absurd things that one can hardly mention them in polite society." 137 . Sesemann always knew what in the was going on entered it. staring at the unexpected visitor." "She just sits in her room. where the child? I How does she pass her time.A GRAXDMAMA ing to Miss Rottenmeier : "If somebody's name is Heidi. is ''Rottenmeier. house the minute she Clara On the following afternoon was resting and the old lady had shut her eyes for five minutes. that she had ways and opinMrs. With a suswas probably this lady's picion that the housekeeper went to room.

^ my room now. Grandmama was showing Suddenly she screamed aloud. If Mr. for it instil is impossible to any knowledge into this being. Heidi had come and was looking with wondering eyes at the splendid pictures in the large books. C." The housekeeper was going to say more.HEIDI 'I should do exactly the same thing." " That is just the trouble." said Mrs. but the old lady had turned already and gone to her room. even learned the A. left if I were to alone like that. that her. Candidate was not as patient as an angel. I Please bring her want to show her some pretty books I have brought with me.C. She was thinking over what she had heard about Heidi. for there on the picture she saw a peaceful flock graz138 ." "How strange! The child does not look to me like one who cannot learn the A. making up her mind to look into the matter. What should she do with books In all this time she has not . "Please fetch her now. Sesemann.B. he would have given up teaching her long ago. B. we can look at the pictures anyway.

The grandmama took her *^Come. must ask you something. Stand up now and look at me! Now we are merry again!" Heidi did not stop at once.A GRANDMAMA ing on a green pasture. httle hand in hers and said in the most soothing voice: you must not cry. but suddenly she began to sob violently. Dry your tears now.^ I'll tell Now and you the story to-night. but the kind lady gave her ample time to compose herseK. that people can read and I tell. With glowing eyes Heidi de- voured the scene.?" I "Nothing." Heidi sighed. she said "Tell me now how your lessons are going. The setting sun was shedding a golden light over everything. There are lovely stories in this book. child. WTiat have you learnt. "but that I never could learn 139 knew it. In the middle a shep- herd was standing. tell me. Did stop. child." . leaning on his crook. saying over." When the child was quiet at last. darling. this remind you of something. from time to time: ''Now we'll it's all Now be merry again.

you had your thoughts elsewhere when Mr. am going to give you You have seen the shepherd on the green pasture. ^Mien you can read. "You have not learnt to read because you have believed what Peter said. for it is too hard. You shall believe me now. Candisure am date showed you the letters.HEIDI "T\T)at is it that you can't leam?' it is )9> "I can't learn to read. you must not believe what Peter but try for yourseK. "I am going to tell you something." said the kind lady now." Heidi said with such a tone she was resigned to her fate. but he could not do it. I tells you." "Well." "It's as if no use. I this book." Who gave you this informaand he tried over tion?" ''Peter told me. what kind of boy is he? Heidi. ""VMiat next? too hard. as a great many other chil- dren do that are like you and not like Peter. Heidi. and I prophesy that you will learn it in a very short time. and then you'll be able 140 . and over again.

especially Clara and her father and the old the lady. and said now with sparkHng read already!" eyes: "If I could only "It won't be long. and what he does with his sheep and his goats. and only in her dreams she would be happy. ?" You would like to know. you can hear the whole story. But burden grew heavier in her heart and she lost her appetite. Since the day of Heidi's attempted flight a great change had come over the child. for they all. 141 ^Tien she woke up . She could not get to sleep at night from longing to see the mountains with the flowers and the sunshine. I can see that. wouldn't you. and got paler and paler. all the strange things that happen Yes. would think her ungrateful. Heidi Heidi had Ustened attentively.A GRANDMAMA to find out to him. She knew now that she could not leave." With that they both w^ent over to the study. as her Aunt Deta had promised. She had realized that it would hurt her kind friends if she tried to go home again. Come now and let us go to Clara.

she would often weep a long. long time." she continued. no. Mrs. but let hoping for a change. I can't tell anyone. Sesemann had noticed the child's unhappiness. little girl.HEIDI in the morning. You can tell if Him every- thing that troubles you. So she called the a few days pass by. and we ask Him . what is the matter with you? What is making you so sad?" But as Heidi did not want to appear less. far away from home. child to her thankshe replied sadly: "I can't tell you. Burj'ing her head in her pillow. she always found herself on her high white bed. you can go to Our tell ^ "I Father in Heaven. looking so unhappy that the old lady's heart •was filled with pity. came. and often Heidi's eyes were red even in the early morning. But the change never room one day and said." Heidi said. "If you have a sorrow that you cannot tell to anyone." No? Can't you tell Clara perhaps?" I' "Oh. with great sympathy in her voice: "Tell me. Heidi. you something.

A GRANDMAMA He can help us and take our suffering away. I understand are so unhappy. grandmama." Heidi was gladdened by these tidings. and asked: "Can we tell Him everything. withdrawing her hand from the said hurriedly. comfort us. We to can tell Him everything and ask else Him it. Heidi. Heidi? Do you know what but it is I mean?" "I only prayed with my first grandmother. that I "See. the Lord. every- thing?" "Yes." The child. I never do that. have forgotten. Do you understand me. and just think to be able to go to how wonderful it is." replied the child." was the reply. when some- thing distresses us and causes us pain. child ? Don't you pray every night ? Don't you thank Him for all His gifts and ask Him to protect you from evil?" "Oh no. now why you We all need somebody to help us." so long ago. of course. everything. "Can I go now?" "Yes. Heidi. "Have you never prayed. when nobody can do He can give us happiness and joy. and with 143 .

she saw the old lady nod. imploring her and let her go home to her Him to help grandfather. grandmama. About a week later." shesaid. Heidi. "Many strange things happen in this world. Candidate asked to see Mrs. to tell her of something unusual that had occurred. and looking doubtfully at reading her a story. while they went over to the study to witness Heidi's sitting most correctness. something has happened that I never expected." and with many more words the happy grandmama was told that Heidi had suddenly learned to read with the ut- most rare with beginners. new world that had opened up before her. Sitting down on a stool she folded her hands and poured out her heart to God. Being called to the lady's room. close Heidi was At supper Heidi found the large book with the beautiful pictures on her plate.HEIDI this Heidi ran to her room. Sesemann. Sesemann. she seemed amazed at the strange. "Now it belongs to you. Mr. Sesemann remarked. new accomphshment." Mrs. he began: ''Mrs. . to Clara.

still You must stay with me. dearest treasure. 10 1*6 . ** Tomorrow we shall begin to read it." ''But Heidi. Since read and possessed the it all book." Clara exclaimed. it till and the child would read and re-read she nearly knew Heidi had learned to by heart. listen Grandmama would before. "Certainly." Heidi looked at her book before going to bed that night. and this book became her the stories quietly there. confused with joy. and the time had come near that the grandmama had fixed for her departure. not for pecially many years. ''es- when grandmama goes away. the days seemed to fly. beautiful pictures She would look at the and read all aloud to Clara. forever!" the grandmama sured her.A GRANDJMAMA ** Forever? Also when I am going home ?'* as- Heidi inquired. no. they told the story of the prodigal son. you must not go home. and explain something here and it making more beautiful than Heidi loved the pictures with the shepherd best of all.

for the oftener she read over the stories the dearer they became to her.XI HEIDI GAINS IN SOME RESPECTS AND LOSES IN OTHERS HE grandmama sent for Heidi every day after dinner. showing her little how to make clothes for pretty dolls that she had brought. while Clara was resting and Miss Rottenmeier disappeared to her room. and made now the sweetest dresses and coats for the sciously Heidi little people out of lovely materials the grandmama would give her. Often Heidi w^ould read to the old lady. Uncon- had learned to sew. 146 . in- She talked to Heidi and amused her in various ways. The child lived everything through with the people in the tales and was always happy to be with them again.

and laying the book aside. Do you have the same sorrow?" *'Yes." she added." Heidi replied. for God has not listenedJ if all I don't wonder. child." confide it to Our Lord?" "Do you pray to Him every day that He may make you happy again and take your aj03iction away?" "Oh no. "for the people in Frankfurt pray every night. Sesemann's stay. "Come. I am sure He He has not heard me." "What do I hear. I don't pray any more. cannot listen to them 14T all. The child entered with her beloved book under her arm.HEIDI GAINS AND LOSES~ But she never looked really cheerful and her eyes never sparkled merrily as before. In the last week of Mrs. Sesemann drew Heidi close to her. Heidi was called again to the old lady's room. "Did you "Yes. and still tell me why you are so sad.'* . Heidi? Why don't you pray?" "It does not help. she said: Mrs.

God does not hear your prayers any more. He gives us something much better. You see. Heidi148 . you asked for just now. hear the prayers of all what was not very good for you I am sure for He is can the people in the world at the same time. because He God Almighty and not a mortal *Yes. He will forget you also and let you go. to hear your prayers. He heard your prayers and said to Himself: what she is praying looking Now. while God was down on you you lost If confidence and went away from Him. if we confide in Him and do not lose loiows what confidence in His love." "That is not the way. Heidi.HEIDI "Really? Why are you so sure?" " Because I have prayed for the same thing many. we need better than we do. Don't you want to go back to Him.' like us. Heidi shall get for in time. When something we ask for is not very good for us. God who in heaven is a good Father to all of us. He has heard you. many weeks and God has not done what I have asked Him to.

Heidi came to Clara in the afternoon and said: "Can I always.HEIDI GAINS AND LOSES and ask His forgiveness? Pray to Him every day. always read to you now^ Clara children hardly . that He may bring cheer and happiness to you.f^" 149 . Next day. you only trust in the grandmother consoled her. whose her. and hope in Him. I am sure He if will help you in time. to her Him. in Sesemann arranged everything such a way that the children hardly actually going. Him any more!" Heidi." Heidi went and fulfill room now and prayed earnestly to God that He would forgive her her wish." Heidi had hstened attentively. I shall never forget "That's right. The day of departure had come. Still realized she was everything was empty and quiet when she had gone. but Mrs. words had made a deep impression on Full of repentance. she had unbounded confidence in the old lady. she said: *'I shall go at once and ask Our Father to pardon me. and the knew how to pass their time.

for the story she was reading told of a grandmother's death. and now she thought it wa^ her own grandmother at home.HEIDI Clara assented. Louder and louder she sobbed: "Now poor grandmother dead and I can never see her any more. I shall take your book away forever!" 150 . If I now you have screamed enough. is but Heidi was too ured to herseK much upset. She picthow terrible it would be if her dear old grandfather would die too while she was far away. and how lonely she Miss Rottenmeier had overheard the scene. Suddenly she cried aloud: "Oh. seemed real Whatever Heidi read always to her. ing hear you again giv- way to yourself in such a noisy fashion. and she never got one single roll!" Clara attempted to explain the mistake. and Heidi began. How quiet and empty would be would be! it in the hut. But she did not get very far. and approaching the sobbing child she said impatiently: "Adelheid. now grandmother is dead!" and wept in the most pitiful fashion.

for Clara was only able to go a short distance.HEIDI GAIXS AND LOSES Heidi turned pale at that. Quickly drying sobs. often she could hardly repress her sobs and was obliged to make the strangest faces to keep herself out. but Miss Rottenmeier did not notice them and found no occasion to carry out her threat. she choked down her After Heidi never cried again. In the evening she would cry quietly. for the walls opposite never changed. listlessly she would let them pass and hardly touch them. and looked so thin and pale that Sebastian be- came but worried. They drove out very seldom. Heidi never knew if it was summer or winter. for the book was her greatest that treasare. full of surprise. Thus the time passed by. her heart bursting with longing to go home. her tears. houses and busy 151 . the poor got more cheerless every day. child However. He tried to encourage her at table to help herself to all the good dishes. from crying Clara often looked at her. They never saw anything else than streets.

There she would remain. but in vain. where the flowers tains were all afire. till away with long- Clara would call for her to come. . ter Autumn and had passed.HEIDI people. no grass. no fir-trees and no tains. and Heidi knew that the time was coming when Peter would go up the Alp with his goats. not to see the glaring sun- shine on the opposite wall. mounwin- Heidi struggled constantly against her sorrow. eating her heart ing. were glistening in the sunshine and the moun- She would sit down in a corner of her room and put both hands before her eyes.

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Sebastian awoke and roused his comrade. despite the double on the door.HEIDI ing in the house. looks that were put At last John and Sebastian. however. The same moment a strong wind put out the light that John held in his Rushing back. he locked the door in furious haste. and together they went out into the hall. 154. At first everybody had thought that the house must have been robbed. Armed and pro- vided with some strengthening liquor. At last. who stood behind him. which was no easy matter. but nothing was missing. First they talked. getting sleepy. they found the front door wide open. When the Ught was . TV hen the clock from the old church tower struck one. when the servants came down-stairs. and pulhng hand. but soon. John was wide awake. they leaned silently back in their chairs. they repaired to a room down-stairs. the butler back into the room. Every morning. Every morning it was the same. taking courage. he nearly upset Sebastian. prepared themselves to watch through a night to see who was the ghost.

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Cold shivers ran down the butler's back. for Mrs. they went upstairs to re- port to the housekeeper what they had seen. Mr. The to lady. 165 Miss Rottenlet- meier was offended with the tone of the . Sesemann. shutting the door. it went up and was gone in a moment. Sesemann would easily despatch the ghost. and then. Sesemann replied that he could not leave his business. Sebastian noticed that deadly pale and trembhng like an aspen Sebastian. not having seen anything." gasped John. again. till They sat without moving the morning came. She told fingers down to write him that fright terrible had paralyzed her and that things were happening in the house. heard the tale and immediately sat Mr. who was waiting eagerly. and advised Miss Rottenmeier to ask his mother to come to stay with them. Then followed a tale of the appearance of the ghost. asked anxiously: ''What is the matter? What did you see?" *'The door was open and a white form was on the stairs.THE HOUSE lit IS HAUNTED John was leaf.

telling him that the excitement might have serious effects on his daughter's dehcate constituand mentioning several misfortunes that might probably happen if he did not reheve the household from this terror. 166 . The housekeeper arranged to sleep with the frightened child. Sese- mann with a twinkle in his eye.^" asked Mr. was perfectly unmoved. overjoyed to see her as well as ever. This brought Mr. all about it. who did not know what ghosts were. tion. ''WTiat new tricks has the ghost played on you. Sesemann. while Heidi. Sesemann. his daughter's Going to he was Clara room after his arrival. Sesemann also rephed that she could not come. Miss Rottenmeier.HEIDI which did not seem to take her account seriously. at the uncanny immediately ex- claimed that she would not stay alone another moment and that she wished her father to come home. Clara. was also delighted to see her father. Another letter was despatched to Mr. decided to tell the children tale. Mrs. so the housekeeper ter.

THE HOUSE *'It is IS HAUNTED replied will no joke. Sebastian. Mr. him to-night. Those strange events dicate that something secret and horrible has happened in this house in days gone by." "Is that so. and that I want to 167 . master. I want to speak to him alone." Mr. especially come to me at nine o'clock Tell him that I came from Paris to consult him. so he said to the butler: "Come here. Sesemann. am sure you not in- laugh tomorrow. Sesemann.'^ this is Mr." show you and John what ghosts look like by day. you must not think that. "I do not hke "Well." repUed Sebastian frankly. Dr." remarked "But will you please not ancestors ." *'I the lady seriously. and tell Classen. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves. I'll quite myself. if you have played the ghost for Miss Rottenmeier's pastime?" "No. suspect new to me. strong young men Uke you! Now go at once to my old friend.f^ my venerable Please call Sebastian. upon my it word. Sesemann knew that the two were not on good terms. and tell me honestly.

is doctor. his eyes were lively and kind. I wish friend Miss Rottenmeier could hear you. and said for : Well.j Punctually at nine o'clock the doctor arrived. is my She convinced that an old Sesemann 158 is wander- ing about.^ What do you mean. "I am we have to sit up for will look worse.f^ Then somebody is sick in this house . expiating some dreadful deed. you look pretty healthy all one who needs to be watched patience." . far worse.^" "Far worse. Mr. but first we must catch him. night. Sesemann. his face was fresh." "What. still Though his and hair was grey. Sebastian?" "Yes indeed! I shall do as you say. Sesemann then went up to Clara's room to quiet and comfort her.HEIDI him to sit up all night with me. Mr." Mr. A ghost in the house." When the doctor laughed." repUed afraid the person Mr. he laughed aloud ^\lien he saw *' his friend. well. Sesemann." "Have my old friend. My house is haunted. Do you understand me. Sesemann continued: "I call that sympathy.

Then. Two revolvers were ready for emergencies. With these explanations they entered the room where the two servants had watched before. or it was a gang of thieves. He said that the matter was either a bad joke which an acquaintance of the servants was playing in his absence." said the doctor. . It 159 is supposed to come at one. A few bottles of wine stood on the bril- table and two bright candelabra shed a liant hght. the two men passed their time by chatting. make his acquaintance?* much amused. '*The ghost seems to have spied us and probably won't come to-day. '* We must have patience. Mr." replied his friend. sitting down comfortably. after intimidat- ing the people. who. Sesemann then explained the circumstances. taking a sip 'now and then.THE HOUSE "How did she IS HAUNTED asked the doctor. for too much light might drive the ghost away. would surely rob his house by and by. They left the door only partly open.

On the threshhold stood a motionless white form. figure. Everything was quiet. and the door Sesemann seized his revol- "You are not afraid. Sese- mann. the key flew open. I hope?" said the doctor. don't you hear some- thing?" While they both hstened. hand. looking bewildered at the bright Ught and . the bar was unfastened. seizing the candelabrum in the other The doctor followed with his revol- ver and the light. ver. and so they went out into the hall. IVIr.HEIDI So they talked till one o'clock. Suddenly the doctor raised his *'Sh! Sesemann. "Who is there?" thundered the doctor. "Better be cautious!" whispered Mr. lighted up by the moon. with her white 160 bare feet and in night-gown. and not a sound came from the street. There stood Heidi. was turned. getting up. approaching the It turned and ut- tered a low shriek. finger.

"Sesemann. just be quiet! Every- right. he led the trembling child up-stairs. don't be frightened." The doctor came forward now.THE HOUSE IS HAUNTED the weapons." When ing her they had arrived in Heidi's room. go and this case belongs to sit my field. little girl the doctor put the to bed. he said kindly: "Now carefully. She was shaking with fear." Putting his revolver aside. while the two men were looking at her in amazement. this seems to be your little water carrier. cover- Drawing a chair near the couch." said the doctor. "Child. what does this mean?" asked Mr. mann. Sesemann. **What did you want to do? do not "SesePlease Why have you come down here?" ''I Pale from fright. he waited till Heidi had calmed down and had stopped trembling. up everything 11 is all right again. Then taking her hand in his. down while I take her to bed. Tell me where you wanted to go?" 161 . Heidi said: know. "Don't be thing is all afraid.

don't you?" no." Heidi assured him. ways think how beautiful the stars must be. Tell me." "Oh. and oh. But when I wake up I am it is so wonderful always in Frankfurt. and then you cry out." "So. but as if wanted to cry hard. "•Does your back or your head hurt you." that." if "As you had eaten something that I dis- agreed with you?" "Oh "Oh no." Heidi had to fight ! the sobs that were rising in her throat. I always think I am with my grandfather I al- again and can hear the fir-trees roar. but ing I feel as if a big stone was press- me here. and then I open the door of the hut. I what did you dream?" have the same dream every night. I must never do it Miss Rottenmeier has forbidden "Then you swallow you like to down? Yes? Do be here?" 162 . "I did not go myself. child.?" "No. for it. only I was there "Really! all of a sudden.HEIDI "I did not want to go anywhere.

the little Joining his anxious friend down-stairs. and has unconsciously scared your whole household." was the faint. This 163 is my prescription. "Sesemann. did you live with your grand- "Up "Oh on the Alp.THE HOUSE "Oh "Where father?" IS HAUXTED yes. sick that her little Besides. uncertain reply. and will rose. it a little lonely there?" was so beautiful!" —But Heidi The tears could say no more. The recollection. he said: girl is a sleep- walker. We tive shall have to act quickly." Then he left the room. The doctor afterward." it "But wasn't no. said: "It won't hurt to cry. and she must go tomorrow. and soothing her." . is The only remedy for her to be restored to her na- mountain air. the all excitement of the night and the restrained sorrow overpowered the child. rushed violently from her eyes and she broke out into loud sobs. she is so home- body has wasted away. you'll go to sleep when you wake up everything come right.

doctor." the doctor replied *' just think what you are doing. but her get well before I send her back." Mr. and wasted away it! my house! Nobody even suspected You think I should send this child back in this condition. and you keep her here. We cannot The if cure her with powders and child has not a strong constitution. ask everything but in Take her let hand and prescribe for her.HEIDI cc- What. when she has come in good that. this is the obIj y/slj then. a sleep-walker. for the morning had already come and the sun was shining 164 in through the dooFc . "Sesemann." seriously. pills. the doctor took his leave. With these words friend's arm and WTien everything was settled. she might never get well again. If you restore her to is the bracing mountain air to which she accustomed. Sesemann took his walked about with him to talk the matter over. Sesemann "If that is heard this he said. she probably will get perfectly well again. health? No. your advice." When Mr. we must act at once. in sick.

was only haK-past four in She dressed in haste.xin UP THE ALP ON A SUMMER EVENING R. SESEMANN. He asked her to hurry. When come down with terrified looks. though being nervous and ex- with great cited. and one and all thought that the master of the house had been seized by the ghost and that he was ringing for help. Sesemann fresh and cheerful. in going up- stairs great agitation. John was sent to get the horses ready and Tinette was told to prepare Heidi for her dethey had all 165 . giving orders. M knocked at the housekeeper's door. All the other servants were sum- moned likewise. dignation. difficulty. they were most surprised to see Mr. for Miss Rottenmeier in- obeyed the summons with the greatest it the morning. for preparations for a jour- ney had to be made.

So the begged to have Heidi's 166 tnmk packed in her . resigning herseK. He remained firm. But Mr. ing to take her to Switzerland himself the following summer. evidently not in the mood to converse further. daughter's Sesemann. She might even cKmb usual noises and was Kstening eagerly. or be exposed to similar dangers. promisshe was good and senchild. Sesemann instructed the housekeeper to pack a trunk in all haste fetch Heidi's aunt. went to his room. sible if now. "^ Miss Rottenmeier experienced an extreme disappointment. however. for she had hoped for an explanation of the great mystery. if Clara was painfully surprised and tried to prevent her father from carrying out his plan. Clara had been wakened bv the un- Her father told her of what had happened and how the doctor had ordered Heidi back to her home. for Heidi. the roof. she was not cured at once.HEIDI parture while Sebastian was commissioned to Mr. because her condition was serious and might get worse.

Sesemann said. which plainly showed that she did not want to do it.ON A SUMMER EVENING room. for Deta well remembered the uncle's parting words. He was named. she found no end of excuses. "Listen. "and do exactly as I tell you. Heidi's aunt meantime. for the child walks in her sleep and might come to She might get harm in the strange hotel. and you show my card they will give you good accommodations. if I know the Hotel in Basle. 167 . Mr. Go to the child's room and barricade the windows." Mr. Mr. so that they can only be opened by the greatest force. to go to Basle that day and spend child the night at a good hotel which his master The next day the was to be brought to her home. Sebastian. Being told to take her niece home with her. summoned The butler was told to get ready for travelling with the child. Sesemann dismissed her and Sebastian. Sesemann encouraged her to get had arrived in the together a good outfit for her httle friend. lock the door from outside. When Heidi has gone to bed.

Httle one. to be afraid!" With that Mr. for she thought beneath her dignity to speak to the vulgar Heidi. think about it. Sebastian. 168 . Tinette had not even told the child. Sesemann. Sesemann called her now. Sesemann. Heidi was dressed in her Sunday frock and stood waiting for further commands. "Yes. Mr." don't seem to know anything about it laughed Mr. ''Good- morning. Sesemann went to his room to write a letter to Heidi's grandfather. do you understnnd?" "Oh!— Oh!— So it was she?" exclaimed the butler. "What do you he asked her.HEIDI up and open the door. "You it. said to himself that he ought to have resisted John and found out alone. Such foolish men. can tell it was! You is are a coward.?" Heidi looked up to him in amazement." Heidi said when she entered. Mr. and you John he the same. feeling ashamed.

" "Sit said the kind gentleman." "Home?" Heidi repeated in a low She had to gasp.^" like to hear something asked Mr. Sesemann smiling. for right afterwards. Heidi. "Wouldn't you about it. so great was her voice. though she tried to eat out of obedience. down and eat a big breakfast now. Do you like them. I should like to." Mr. good. Sesemann said kindly. There were a great many lovely things in it. and now she ran to Clara's room.ON A SUMMER EVENING "You are going home to-day. "Heidi. but Heidi jumped for joy when she little discovered a basket with twelve round white rolls for the grandmother." you are going away The It child could not even swallow a morsel. look at the things I had packed for you. seemed to her as if it was only a dream. till "Go to Clara. "Oh yes. the carriage comes. where a huge trunk was standing.^" Clara asked. 169 The chil- . Heidi had been wishing to go. "Good. surprise." said the blush- ing child.

for Mr. was being lifted into the carMr. seeing how much she treasured it. who was standing on the stairs to bid farewell to her pupil. gave it back to her. Sesemann assured her that Clara 170 . moment carriage all for when the room yet. When IVIiss Rottenmeier. and Mr. was announced. Sesemann. to put Heidi in the carriage. she seized it and threw it on the ground. pretty hat. WTiile Heidi riage.HEIDI dren had forgotten that the parting had come. whom she suspected to be the real cause of her going. carefully packed. left Then putting on her left her room to say goodThere was not much time Sesemann was waiting to do so. Heidi had to get her own treasures from her The grand- mama's book was posely left and the red shawl that Miss Rottenmeier had purbehind. The happy child at parting thanked him for all his goodness. saw the red bundle in Heidi's hand. she bye to Clara. Heidi looked imploringly at her kind protector. She also sent a message of thanks to the good old doctor.

Sesemann called ''Happy journey!" and the carriage away. Sebastian followed with Heidi's basket and a large Mr. out: rolled her. In Basle she was roused by Sebastian. and it took them many hours before they reached Mayenfeld. he wished he could have travelled further in the train rather than have to climb a mountain.ON A SUMMER EVENING and he would never forget bag with provisions. did she become conscious of where she was She knew now that she would really see her grandfather again. to spend the night. and the Her only was that the poor blind grandmother thing she looked forward to most was might have died while she was away. The giving the soft white rolls to the grand- mother. While she was musing over fell all these things. When Sebastian stood on the platform of the station. for there they were The next morning they started off again. she asleep. also Peter fear and the grandmother goats. 171 The . w^as sitting in the train Only when Heidi going.

presented roll her with a heavy ter for of bills grandfather. so that they could not possi- lost.HEIDI last part of the trip for everything might be dangerous. I know and the the road. The two old shook hands and parted." Sebastian felt re- lieved. Heidi promised to be careful of them. and Sebas172 . and was lifted friends up to the cart. until she now said. calling Heidi to him. "I can go up alone from the village. asked some it information concerning the least dangerous ascent to the Alp. he discovered a small wagon with a lean horse. shouldered T)ags. A broadcountry. seemed half-wild in this Looking round. tled that the After a while was it set- man should take Heidi and that her trunk to the village and see to somebody would go up with her from there. and a letThese precious things were put at the bottom of the basket. Se- bastian. approaching the man. Not a word had escaped Heidi. under the bly get rolls. man was just loading up large which had come by the train.

" "Pooh! why didn't you stay.?" "Because Mr.?" "Yes." "You may think differently 173 when you get . "Are you Heidi. nobody could have got on better than I did in Frankfurt. he began a conversation. who had never seen Heidi but had driver The heard a great deal about her. sat down on the station to wait for a returning train." "Why are you coming home again? . was no other than the village baker. with a slightly bad conscience for hav- ing deserted the child so soon. Sesemann let me come." you coming back. the child who hved with the Aim-Uncle.ON A SUMMER EVENING tian.?" "Because I would rather be with my are "Then why grandfather on the Alp than anywhere on earth.f^" Did you get on badly "Oh no. who had lived with Curious to know why came home again. He had the she known her parents and immediately guessed she was the child Aim-Uncle.

for she must know. let the people say what they would about him. in the meantime. arrival with the strange gentleman. herself held and questioned on But when they saw how frightened she was. her They five. and Heidi began to tremble with excitement when she recognized all the trees on the road and the lofty peaks of the mountains. women and for the trunk and the little passenger had attracted everybody's notice. 174 . They conversed no more. and as- sured all the people that Heidi loved her all grandfather with her heart. arrived at the village at the stroke of of Immediately a large group children surrounded the cart. was running up the path. felt as if Sometimes she she could not sit still any longer. from time to time she was obliged Heidi. **It is strange though. they let her go The baker had to tell of Heidi's at last." muttered the baker.HEIDI there." he said to himself. all but had to jump down and run with might. she found all sides. When Heidi had been lifted down.

ran into the middle of the room. she was so out of breath. the child caught sight of the hut at her heart began to beat. "this is "Yes. the more last she tremblingly beat. "our Heidi used to come in if Oh. here am!" shouted the child." she said Heidi's hair. Her one grandmother died!" still sits in her corner if by her spinning wheel! —Oh. She seized her hands and arms and snuggling up to her did not for joy utter one more word. I just could have her again with has come?" me I before I die. and her bethank Thee . it The She quicker she ran. yes. unable to utter one tone. at last. The grand- mother had been so surprised that she could only silently caress the child's curly hair over and over again." it sounded from one corner. *'0h God. Oh my God. she should have When last. Who I "Here am! grandmother. but at opened the door. throwing herself on her knees before the old woman. for her basket lost was heavy and she idea was: "If only her breath. I 176 loved voice.ON A SUMMER EVENING to stop. like that.

and flushed cheeks.'^" The child rose to shake hands with Brigida. me!" the old woman you bring to "But you are my greatest blessing yourself." the child plied. what a blessing cried. this Heidi. grandmother. and exclaimed is in her amazement: "Surely. for I have come and will never leave you any more." Heidi put one roll after another into the grandmother's lap. Heidi come again . re- "You must not cry. that I may hear your voice." Out of her blind eyes big tears of joy fell down on Heidi's hand.HEIDI for this happiness. who could not get over Heidi's splendid frock and hat. child. But how can that be. Look what I have brought you.^" . caressing the child's hair Heidi!" Then. Have you really "Is it really you. yes." While Heidi was talking. Now you won't have to eat hard black bread any more for a httle while.'^ "Yes. Peter's mother arrived. "Ah. she entreated: "Just say one more word. 176 .

or else he might not know me any more. hand. Please be careful. grandmother. but I must go shall come again tomorrow. while she held her fast. Good-night." implored the old woman. that was why she had kept her old hat so carefully. remembered her grandfather's words to Deta about her feather hat. the child the way you did.ON A SUMMER EVENING "You can have I any more. Heidi had have my my hat. Suddenly Heidi took her pretty dress and tied her old shawl about her. she said: Taking the grandmother's ''Good-bye. you ought to have kept 12 it on. 177 . Heidi.?" asked Brigida." Heidi said." Brigida accompanied outside and said mysteriously: "He would have known you in your frock. child. *'\Miy did you take your pretty dress off. please come again to-morrow. "I'd rather go to grandfather that way. Brigida at last accepted the great gift after a many off remonstrances. I don't want it old one still. I home '' to grandfather now." Oh. pulling out her old crushed straw hat.

in the bril- The rocky peaks were flaming clouds were floating overhead. and below her child the valley swam and in golden mist. in her most vivid dream. and saying good-night. Only when the glow had subsided." But Heidi was unconcerned. The evening sun was shining down on the grass before her.HEIDI for Peter tells us that the uncle never says a word to anyone and always seems so angry. the snow-fields glowed and rosy The The grass was like an expanse of gold. thanked the Lord that again. in her joy stood still. climbed up the path with the basket on her arm. —in her happi- ness she could hardly find words to pray. and looking up to heaven. He had brought her home She thanked Him for restoring her to her beloved mountains. Every few minutes Heidi stood still to look at the mountains behind her. was Heidi able to follow the path again. and transport She folded her tears ran down her cheeks. Suddenly she looked back and beheld such glory as she had not even seen Hant light. 178 . hands.

Now she could see her grandfather sitting on his bench. her a while. But grandI could not sometimes I felt as if bear it any longer to be away from you! 179 I thought I should choke. grandfather. Sesemann and grandmama. I could not tell . the hut. father. first the tree-tops. She could say nothing but "Grandfather! grandfather! grandfather!" in her agitation.? he had looked at. he sat her on his knee.^^" You Did certainly do not look very cityfied! **0h no. Above the cottage the At last she fir-trees gently swayed and rustled in the evening breeze. she hugged him and held him tight. but his eyes were moist. you must not think that.^ have come home again.ON A SUMMER EVENING She climbed so finally fast that she could soon discover. her grandfather's and throwing herself in arms. The old man said nothing either. Heidi they send you away. then the roof. had reached the hut. Clara Mr. When Why. he said: ''So you . They all were so good to me. and loosening Heidi's arms at last. smoking a pipe.

and danced around the hut in her dehght to see all the beloved things 180 . brought the "This belongs to you. "I have a bed and Clara has given me so many dresses that I shan't need any more all my hfe.HEIDI any one. would have been ungrateSuddenly. one morning Mr. putting them on her grandfather's lap. you will need it some day." Heidi obeyed. Sesemann for that called me very early. you can buy a bed for it and clothes for many years." with that and the bank-roll from her basket." for "Take it and put it in the cupboard." it "I don't need at all. it Having read the he put *' in his pocket. Heidi?" he asked. ful. beside him." he roll said. "Take your money with you. Do you think you can still drink milk with me." Heidi assured him. I think it it was the doeis tor's fault and—but this letter I think probably Heidi written in letter. grandfather. while he stepped into the cottage. laying the letter.

all had ever is "Grandfather." the grandfather !" called up from below. Running up to the is loft. our milk the world. all Heidi Uttle was beside herself with joy. Then she ran into the midst of her beloved friends. she exclaimed grandfather. Schwanli and Barh bleated for joy. and caressed Snowhopper and patted Thistlefincli. "Peter. . the best in Suddenly Heidi. staring at her. hearing a rushed outside. coming down. as Peter and racing down. who had not forgotten her either. and her other favorites pressed near to her. rooted to the spot. She seized her bowl and emptied as if it eagerly. why don't you 181 come down and say good-night to me?" Heidi called to the boy. till she felt herself pushed to and fro among them. in great disappointment: "Oh my bed gone" "It will come again. it was the most wonderful thing she tasted. "how could I know that you were coming back? Get your milk now Heidi. who stopped. all his goats came Heidi greeted the boy. took her old seat." shrill whistle.ON A SUMMER EVENING again.

fragrant bed waiting for her. for she had seen the flaming mountains and had heard the trees roar. Over and over again they came back to Heidi. When Heidi went up to her loft to sleep. for from now on the moon v/as not allowed to shine on Heidi any more. and she slept better that night than she had for many. but perhaps the day after.HEIDI «- at Have you come again?" he exclaimed last. till she entered the shed with Barli and Schwanli and shut the door." Peter had a hard time with his goats that day. The window was filled up with hay. to-morrow I must go to grandmother. But Heidi slept quietly. she found a fresh. many months. for they would not follow him. 183 fir- . Then he took Heidi's proffered hand and asked her. had been for her satisfied. as if she had been always there "Are you coming up with me to-morrow?'* "No. great and burning longing About ten times that night the grandfather rose from his couch to listen to Heidi's quiet breathing.

^" of Heidi's She took hold it tight. The It child was longing to see the blind woman again and to hear how she had liked the rolls. hand and held visitor Grandmother then told the Httle how good the rolls had tasted. was Saturday. and the grandfather had Soon he was start. and stronger she felt already. child . been cleaning the cottage. waiting for mffm her grandfather to join her. ready to When they had descended and Heidi entered Peter's hut. 183 how much Bri- gida related further that the grandmother . the grandmother called lovingly to her: '*Have you come again.XIV ON SUNDAY WHEN THE CHURCH BELLS RING ^^-^-3EIDI was standing under the I — I I swaying fir-trees. He had promised to bring up if^SSiP^ her trunk from the village while she went in to visit the grandmother.

and said now: "Grandmother. He makes them too." she do with it. Peter can bring them up from the village." But Heidi did not about the again: little listen but jumped gaily room. I know what lot I shall do. calling over and over rail 184. If I had a few extra pennies. "Now I know what I'll Every day you must have a fresh roll and two on Sundays. I am going to write to Clara and she'll surely send me a whole more. I could buy some from our baker. give it to grandfather and he'll tell you what to do with it. no. "Now grandmother can have a . Heidi's face suddenly shone. I have an awful cried. You must plored. Heidi had listened attentively. lot of money. "Oh." the grandmother im"That must not be. being so afraid to finish them too soon. meant only but they get hard so soon.HEIDI had only eaten a single roll." is But Brigida remarked: "That well. but I am hardly able to pay for the black bread. grandmother. child." "No.

too.^ nicely!" she I can read quite added after a pause. climbing on a chair. After she had wiped it off. eagerly she read. Can really read. BELLS RING and strong. Seeing the old hymn-book on the shelf.WHEN CHURCH every day. with folded arms. though tears . grandmother. sat in her An expression of indescribable happi185 ness shone in her countenance. "Oh you yes. shall I read you a song from your book »ow. maybe your are strong when you and well.?" "Whatever you want to." *' She'll get well she called with fresh delight. I wish you would. child.?" Heidi. Heidi found a song about the sun. Turning the pages. she sat down on a "What shall I read. while the grandmother. Heidi said: *' Grandmother. and. and decided to read that aloud. More and more chair. took dov/n the dusty book from a carefully stool. shelf." The grandmother remained silent. eyes will see again." was the reply. not to mar the happiness of the child.

When Heidi had repeated the end of times. for she did not want to miss the chance to make the grandmother's heart joyful and Hght. everything seems bright to me again child. quickly. celestial gardens told of in the hymn. assuring the grandmother that she would her every day now. Brigida urged Heidi to take her dress along. sorrowful expression to a joyous one." Heidi looked enraptured at the grandmother's face.HEIDI were rolling down her cheeks. Heidi followed . it 186 and with . the old of the song a number woman light. much good. which had changed from an old. and my heart is you have done me so Thank you. she visit would return in the early afternoon. for it was time to go. as if She seemed to look up gratefully. on her arm the child joined the old man and immediately told him what had happened. she could already behold the lovely. exclaimed: "Oh. Heidi. on the days she went up to the pasture with Peter. Soon the grandfather knocked on the window.

the grandgave a bound. either. for otherwise God might forget us." "And if somebody should it?" << forget to do murmured the Oh. he'll old man. I shall always remember how everything has worked We'll pray every out for the best this time. everything is so wonderful If God Our Father had done immediately what I prayed for. now grandmother won't now ! ever have to eat hard. I should have come home at once and could not have brought half as many told rolls to grandmother. At this the child "Oh grandfather. shouting: father reluctantly consented. I always pray from now on. I should not have been able to read me that much better than shall Grandmama God would make everything I could ever dream. grandfather. get on badly. won't we. for 18T God will for- .WHEN CHURCH On for the BELLS RING rolls hearing of her plan to purchase grandmother every day. the way does grandmama taught me. day. Oh. black bread any more. not give When God me something I pray for.

grandfather. has no pity on aim . who alone can help him. it has happened. for they will say: *he went away from God. when God has once forgotten him. grandmama told me that. "Is that true." After a pause the grandfather said: "Yes. yet. he had to sit down his who was ready to begin the tale. Heidi? Who it told all you so?" **Grandmama explained but if to me. 188 With great anima- . people don't pity him. Arriving at the hut and setting load." The grandfather had brought a contents of Heidi's trunk. you don't know shall read it to and I you as soon as we big bas- get home." "But grandfather. too. then there is no help. Oh. nobody can come back to the Lord.HEIDI get him. and now the Lord. beside Heidi. everybody can come back to Him. and besides there is the beautiful story in my it book. large to be it ket with him. If he is unhappy and wretched. in which he carried half the had been too conveyed up the steep ascent.

his "Suddenly he wanted to have heritance. his clothes were rags. Often he would think what a left. watching the sunset. BELLS RING tion Heidi read the story of the prodigal who was happy at home with his father's cows and sheep.^^" father . The picture showed him leaning on his staff.' his former When father he approached meet him— home. but only swine. he went away and squandered all. his came out "What do you think will happen Heidi asked. When he had nothing in the world left. he would cry from repentance and longing. "You think that the 189 now. he had to go as servant to a peasant. ter.WHEN CHUKCH son. good home he had bered how good his and his own ungratefulness. who did not own fine cattle like his father. Then he said to himself: 'I shall and when he rememfather had been to him go to my father and to ask his forgiveness. and be able to be his own inown mas- Demanding the money from his father. and for food he only got the husks on which the pigs were fed.

' And they began to be merry." she said." "Isn't it a beautiful story. he was lost.HEIDI is angry and will say: 'Didn't I tell you?' But just listen: 'And his father saw him and had compassion and ran and fell on his neck. Bring forth the best robe and' put it on calf him. and am no more worthy to be called Thy But the father said to his servants: son. Heidi. A sleeping child. few hours later. it is." said the grandfather. grandfather?" asked Heidi. kill it. found. the old man chmbed up the Placing a little lamp beside the ladder. pointing to when Heidi was sleeping soundly. is. and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. And the son said: Father. and bring hither the fatted and and let and For us eat and be merry: is this my son was dead and is alive again. he watched her a 190 long. long . when he sat silently beside her. I have sinned against Heaven and in Thy sight. "Yes. "Look how happy he it. but so seriously that Heidi quietly looked at the pictures.

grandfather!" claimed. I have sinned against his cheeks: Heaven and Thee. in her smart little frock. and Heidi obeyed When the child came downstairs quickly. and am no more worthy to be Thy son!" The next morning found valley the uncle stand- ing before the door. he called: get up! "Heidi. Oh. morning anthems.WHEN CHURCH time. looking about him over bells and mountain. A few early sounded from below and the birds sang their Re-entering the house. too. "I have never seen you in your Sunday coat with the silver buttons. The sun is shining! Put on a pretty dress. said with a smile: "You look nice. for we are going to church!" That was a new call. while big tears rolled down "Father. "Oh. she opened her she ex- eyes wide. Her face little hands were folded and her confident folded his hands and said rosy looked The in old man now a low voice. how fine you look!" The old man. BELLS RING and peaceful. come 191 . turning to the child.

Pastor. high feast. "Oh grandfather. ^Ir. clerg^^man had opened the door and received them with friendly words. the ser\'ice old man and The the walked to the parsonage." said the follow your ad\'ice to If the want spend the winter here among you. people look at anv will better.HEIDI With Heidi's hand in his they wandered down together. WTien they entered the church. I me am askance. i9i . do you now!" hear it? It seems hke a big.'' The pastor's friendly eyes sparkled. people were singing." said Heidi. '*T my to harsh words. the people had presence their whispered from ear to that ear. I can't expect sure. Wlien the pastor began After child to preach. all the Though they and sat down it on the noticed last bench behind. "I have come to ask your forgiveness for uncle. his words were a loud thanksgi\'ing moved the all his hearers. the louder and richer the bells resounded. The nearer they came to the \411age. vou and not do so.

the grandfather opened the door and entered. TMien they had parted at the uncle looked after them v^ith his face shining as with an inward light. Thus the people. child. forward friendly with outstretched hands and greetings. you have never looked ''Do you think smile. to be at peace with Gc-d and men makes one's heart feel light. Great seemed to be their joy at the old of the people man's resohition. last. Heidi.WHEN CHURCH with BELLS RIXG band many a kind word he coDimended the ushered them out.^" he said with a happ3' "You see. who had been talking together about this great event. God has been good to me. Heidi looked up to him and said: ''Grandfather. all uncle for this change. sciwe even accompanied him on his homeward way." "^Mien they arrived at Peter's hut. and putting his on Heidi's curly hair. could see that their clerg^'man shook hands with the The door of the parsonage was hardly shut. to send you back. I am more than I deserve. 13 193 . so beautiful!''' so. when the whole assembly came old man.

194 . Do die. since But the uncle asked her Heidi had given it to her. "If I have ever hurt you in any way. before the fall wind comes." Brigida to the old now showed Heidi's feather hat it it. uncle. God bless you for it.HEIDI do you do. the uncle!" exclaimed the in grandmother joyous surprise." he called out. grandmother. "I think we must start to mend again." With trembling joy the grandmother shook hands with her old friend. "No we danger of that. I hope all shall stay together now for many years to come. man and asked him to take to keep back. grandmother." she continued. not let Heidi go away again before I I cannot tell you what Heidi means to me!" So saying." "How "Oh my God. "There is something else I want to say to you. uncle! Thank you. do not punish me. she held the clinging child to her. "How happy I am to be able to thank you for what you have done.

was sending some coffee. a letter for Heidi! They all sat it down aloud. ^'I often wondered if I should not send our httle Peter too.WHEN CHURCH "What BELLS RING blessings this child has brought from Frankfurt. himself arrived He had a letter for Heidi. She announced that Grandmama was coming too. too." The next moment Peter in great haste. and there- had promised to take her to Ragatz this coming fall. fore her father Grandmama. so that the grandmother would not have to eat them 195 . for she wanted to see Heidi and her grandfather. nevertheless I should wait for a ting occasion before I sent him. at the table while the child read The letter was from Clara Sesemann. who wrote that everything had got so dull since Heidi left. having heard about the rolls. What do you think. What an event." Brigida said. when replied: "I am sure it would not j5t- hurt Peter. She said that she could not stand it very long.?" The he uncle's eyes sparkled with fun. which had been given to him in the village. uncle.

which had united them to caused the old " is woman shake at all. At last they reached which geemed to glow in the evening . child for I hope you'll come I am counting on the tomorrow. it is a great comfort to find again. as in days gone by. the grandfather himself for- how say late it was. light. peaceful sound of evening bells accompanied them. This happy day." This promise was given. parting: The most to be beaut'ful to thing of though. able hands again with an old friend. soon again.HEIDI dry. also insisted on being taken to the grandmother herself when she came on her Great was the delight caused by this news. uncle. her While Heidi and their grandfather were the on homeward path. what we have treasured. Grandmama visit. all. the cottage. and what with got all the questions and plans that followed.

Pari II Heidi Makes Use of Her Experience .


and since she had gone from him the ever-cheerful bowed down with grief.XV PREPARATIONS FOR A JOURNEY HE kind doctor who had sent Heidi home to her beloved mountains was the approaching Sesemann residence on a sunny day in September. lost turned very A his few only months ago the doctor had daughter. The blooming had was been his only joy. doctor When tor Sebastian opened the door to the friends wherever he went. physician he bowed very low. for the doc- made "I am glad you have come doctor. who had lived with him since his girl wife's early death." Mr. Sesemann called to his friend as he entered. Everything about him was bright and cheerful. but the doctor did not even raise his eyes from the pavement to the blue sky above» His face was sad and his hair had gray since spring. 199 .

'^Please let us talk over this trip to Switzer-

land again.








that Clara





"AVhat must I think of you, Sesemann?"
replied the doctor, sitting down.

"I wish

your mother was here.
to her



and things go smoothly







you have

called me,

and always for the same thing!"




must make you impatient,"

Mr. Sesemann.



hand on

his friend's shoulder, he continued: "I can-

not say

how hard

it is


to refuse Clara

this trip.

Haven't I promised

to her


hasn't she looked forward to

for months?

She has borne


her suffering so patiently,

just because she had hoped to be able to



friend on the Alp.

I hate to
child has

rob her of this pleasure.

The poor



and so



"But, Sesemann, you must do
the doctor's answer.




friend re-



he continued:

"Just think

what a hard summer Clara has had


never was more

and we could not attempt

journey without risking the worst eon-

Remember, we are in September now, and though the weather may still



on the Alp,

it is

sure to be very cool.

The days

are getting short,

and she could

only spend a few hours up there,
to return for the night.

she had


would take sevimpossible

hours to have her carried up from



see yourself



come in with you, though, to talk to Clara, and you'll find her sensible. I'll tell you of my plan for next May. First she can
I shall

go to Ragatz to take the baths.

When it gets

warm on

the mountain, she can be carried up

from time to time.

be stronger then and

much more
than she

able to enjoy those excursions



we hope for an improveher condition, we must be extremely

cautious and careful,

remember that!" Mr. Sesemann, who had been listening

with the utmost submission,
ously: ''Doctor, please


said anxiif





have hope

left for

any change?

With shrugging

shoulders the doctor re-

"Not very much. But think of me, Sesemann! Have you not a child, who loves you and always welcomes you? You don't have to come back to a lonely house and sit down alone at your table. Your

well taken care of,



she has


privations, she also has



Sesemann, you do not need to be
Just think of


lonely home!"

Mr. Sesemann had gotten up and was walking round the room, as he always did when something occupied his thoughts. Suddenly he stood before his friend and said: "Doctor, I have an idea. I cannot see you sad any

You must get


You shall unin

dertake this trip and



our stead."


doctor had been surprised by this

proposal and tried to object.

But Mr.

mann was

so full of his


project that he

pulled his friend with him into his daughter's

room, not leaving him time for any remonstrances.

Clara loved the doctor, who had

always tried to cheer her up on his

by bright and funny tales. She was sorry for the change that had come over him and would have given much to see him happy again. When he had shaken hands with her, both men pulled up their chairs to Clara's bedside. Mr. Sesemann began to speak of their
journey and how sorry he was to give


Then he quickly began to talk
Clara's eyes

of his nev/ plan.



with tears.




that her father did not like to see her

and besides she was sure that her papa would only forbid her this pleasure because

was absolutely necessary to do


So she bravely fought her tears, and
ing the doctor's hand, said:



please, doctor,

do go to Heidi; then

you can
his goats,



about her, and can de-

scribe her grandfather to me,

—I seem to

and Peter, with know them all so well.
the things to her that

Then you can
doctor, go,


I had planned to take myself.

Oh, please

and then


be good and take as


cod-liver oil as ever

you want me



tell if this

promise decided the


At any rate he answered with a smile: "Then I surely must go, Clara, for you will get fat and strong, as we both want to see you. Have you settled yet when I must go?'* "Oh, you had better go tomorrow morndoctor?
ing, doctor,"

Clara urged.



right," the father assented; *'the

shining and you
glorious days

must not




on the Alp."


doctor had to laugh.



you chide me
Clara gave

for being here still?

I shall

go as quickly as I can, Sesemann."


messages to him for

She also told him to be sure to obher

serve everything closely, so that he would

be able to





when he came

The things for Heidi were to be sent him later, for Miss Rottenmeier, who
of her

had to pack them, was out on one
lengthy wanderings about town.


doctor promised to comply with


Clara's wishes

and to

start the following day.

Clara rang for the maid and said to her,

when she arrived: "Please, Tinette, pack a

lot of fresh, soft coffee-cake in this box."


box had been ready






the maid was leaving the

room she murmured

"That's a silly bother

who had happened


hear some remarks,


when he was

leaving to take his regards to

Miss, as he called Heidi.

With a promise to deliver the doctor was just hastening



when he




who had been

obliged to return from

her walk on account of the strong wind,

was just coming in. She wore a large cape, which the wind was blowing about her hke


full sails.

Both had retreated pohtely
to each other. to

to give


Suddenly the





straight towards the doctor,

who had

time to avoid her.

This Kttle incident,

which had


Miss Rottenmeier's tem-

per very much, gave the doctor occasion to
soothe her, as she liked to be soothed by



she respected more than

When the tidy pack lay ready on all the articles! First the ground. At last a lot of mysterious little parcels and boxes were packed. Clara's heart filled with pleasure at the thought of her little friend's delight.HEIDI anybody intended in the world. with a hood. things that Clara had gathered together for Heidi. and a large box with coffee-cake for the grandmother. and immediately. carried it to the doc- house without delay. brought together came a heavy coat for Heidi. Clara had expected some resistance from Miss Rottenmeier about the packing of her presents. and putting the pack on tor's his shoulder. which Clara meant her to use on visits to the grandmother in Then came a thick warm shawl the winter. What was her surprise when this lady showed herself most obliging. and a little sack of tobacco for the grandfather. Telling her of his he entreated her to pack the things for Heidi as only she knew how. Sebastian now entered. visit. 206 . on being told. An enormous sausage for Peter's mother followed.

she ran The old man was looking up at the sky to see what the weather was going to be like that day. neatly Rising hurdressed she soon was combed. but gradually the sky grew more blue and deep. Rosy clouds were pass- ing overhead. Heidi opened her for the rustling of the wind had awakened her. for the sun was rising in all his glory. These sounds always thrilled her heart.XVI A GUEST ON THE ALP HE the old early dawn was tingeing mountains and a fresh rocked the fro. morning-breeze fir-trees to and eyes. her out of bed. the little ladder and find- ing the grandfather's bed empty. and and now they drew riedly. 207 . and soon a golden light passed over the heights. Coming down outside.

how lovely! Good-moming. Heidi then ran over to her beloved trees fir- and danced about. you push me like the Big Turk. being soon in the mist of them. she caressed them and they in their turn nearly crushed her between them. was he pushed about among them.HEIDI **0h. urging the goats to cHmb When he was near her he said reproachfully: "You really might come with me to-day!" ahead. Heidi. When Heidi saw her tenderly. so word to the gave a shrill whistle." and that was enough to quiet the goat. Heidi would "But Barli. again. the jolly Thistlefinch ahead of all the others. holding out his hand. Soon Peter arrived with the whole herd. ious to say a Peter was anxUttle girl." Heidi exclaimed. while the wind was howling in the branches. he brought of the shed. 208 . After the old man had washed and them out friends milked the goats. grand- father. "Are your eyes bright already?" the grandfather retorted. Sometimes say: when BarH got too w41d.

I can't. Since Heidi had come home again grandfather she did many things that had never occurred to her before.A GUEST ON THE ALP **No. she would For instance. or the fault of the troop?" Peter immediately turned about and led his goats up the mountain without more to her ado. Peter?" away when Do you really Peter ''They growled. With an 14 old rag she would rub the chairs 200 . Peter. *'But I mean rephed Heidi. and run about the hut. could come to uncle." said that." said Heidi. *'They I might come from Frankfurt any time. to be you really think I want they come from Frankfurt? think that. make her bed every morning." grum''Do bled the boy." Then the grandfather's strong voice was heard: "\^Tiy doesn't the army go forward? Is it the field-marshal's fault." "How often you have it. must be home when they come. tidying and dusting.

indoors. when Heidi it began her seK-imposed task. It little duties. suddenly remembering her back. she would hasten was not long. for the weather was too to stay within. On this day after breakfast. Suddenly he heard her call: "Oh grandfather. Heidi has not been away in vam. come!" He was frightened and came He saw her running down the 210 out quickly hill crying: . though. Over and over could she stay again a bright sunbeam would tempt the busy child outside. glorious took her longer than usual. grandfather had been busy in his merely glancing over at the child from time to time. till the roaring fir-trees tempted her again. hard ground and look down into the valley and all about her.HEIDI and table till they all shone. and the grandfather would exclaim: '*It is always Sunday with us now. little The shop. How when the glistening sunshine was pouring down and all the mountains seemed to glow? She had to sit down on the dry. Then.

Heidi? "How thanking But what are you me for already?" the doctor asked. which Heidi immeIn the full joy of her heart." the child explained.A GUEST ON THE ALP "They are coming. for he was sure that Heidi probably would not know him any more. he held out his hand. do. being obliged to cause her a great disappointment. the doctor coming last first. is Oh. He had Not even certainly not counted on such a reception on the Alp. when he said: '*Come now. . with a smile. The gentleman's face up like sunshine. noticing all On the contrary! the beauty around him. they are coming. *' Because you let me come home lit again. he had climbed up sadly. far He thought that he would be Instead. doctor? she exclaimed: *'How do you And I thank you a thousand times!" are you. from welcome. reached her old friend. he at." WTien Heidi at diately seized. She was still holding his arm. beheld Heidi's bright eyes looking up him in gratefulness and 211 love.

for Clara has been very and could soon be Of course grandmama has not but the spring you." Like a kind father he had taken her hand. and when the days get long and w^nn. 219 . confused by the blow. "I had to come ill alone.HEIDI and take me to your grandfather for I want to see where you Hve." will come here. she had come down to meet the doctor. either. are Clara and grandmama?" "Child. all those things that she had pictured to herself so clearly would She was standing per- fectly motionless. It was some time before Heidi remembered that. visit they will surely Heidi was perfectly amazed. I must tell you something now as it which will grieve you as much grieves me. not travel. still and looked down the "But where she asked. Looking up at her friend. she was struck by his sad and cheerless face." replied the doctor. Heidi. but Heidi stood mountain-side. after all. she could not understand not happen after how all.

we'll and that will please Clara. way she tried to cheer him up by him again and again of the coming summer days. 213 He . kind doctor. then they they'll come for sure. least of the good. He must be sad because Clara and grandmama had not come. it won't last long will till spring comes again. and to console him she said: *'0h. she called out to her grandfather quite happily: "They are not here yet.A GUEST ON THE ALP How him! changed he wa^ since she had seen She did not hke to see people unall happy. but it won't be very long before they are coming!" The grandfather warmly welcomed his guest. Now go to grandfather. be able to stay much longer then. for had not Heidi told him many things all about the doctor? They three sat down whis- on the bench before the door. who did not seem at all a stranger. After they had reached the cottage. Hand in hand she climbed up with her All the telling old friend. and the doctor told of the object of his visit.

This plan was accepted. I am sure that dinner will taste good up here.HEIDI pered to the child that something was com- up the mountain very soon which would bring her more pleasure than his visit. uncle now got up and went into the hut." he said. could it be? uncle advised the doctor to spend the splendid days of and to autumn on the Alp. turning to his guest. Heidi. looking down over the sun-bathed valley. and from there the uncle could take him all around the mountains. 214 . ing What The sible. take a little room in the if pos- village instead of in Ragatz. you will excuse our simple meal. then he could easily walk up every day to the hut. returning soon with a table and their "Go I hope in. in its zenith soft all. and set the table here. "I shall gladly accept this delightful in- vitation. and the wind Only a dehcious breeze fanned the cheeks of The dinner. The sun was had ceased." said the guest.

How she could gather strength!" he said. rosy meat that had been dried in the pure his air. and the finely-sliced. *'Yes. for it gave her great joy to be able to wait on her kind protector. she couldn't help getting nice and fat." At this moment a man could be seen walking up with a large sack on his shoulders. breathing in the pure. and only when the gentleman opened the box with the cakes for the grandmother she said joyfully: "Oh. "If she would have an appetite mine to-day. The doctor enjoyed dinner better than any he had ever tasted. his load. Arriving on top. the toasted cheese. he threw down air. Come and look what is in it. we must send Clara up like here. fresh Opening the cover. the doctor said: *'This has come for you from Frankfurt. Soon the uncle appeared with the steaming milk.A GUEST ON THE ALP Heidi was running to and fro." Heidi timidly watched the heap. Heidi." She was taking the box and . now grandmother can eat this lovely cake.

the box." Both men smiled. Heidi.HEIDI the beautiful shawl on her ing to race down to arm and was godeliver the gifts. and the guest holding the httle girl by the hand. The men had been them and given said: talking together. What was her delight at finding all the tobacco and the other things. all pleasure. and 21Q took Heidi long to carry in the huge box and the . when the child suddenly planted herself in front of "These things have not pleasure as me it as much the dear doctor's coming. doctor?" "With the reply. and wait for her grand- you like to At parting she asked: "Would come with me up to the pasture Good-bye. The grandfather. When they reached Peter's hut. The grandfather had the presents before the door." was deposited it to-morrow. When carrj'^ing was near sunset. the doctor rose to start on his way down. Heidi inside was told to go father there. the shawl and the sausage. they wandered down the mountainside. when the the men persuaded her to stay and unpack rest.

"Oh. don't the cakes please Just look you awfully? how soft they are I" was her amazement when she saw the grandmother more pleased with the shawl. which would keep the child exclaimed. Brigida had silently watched the proceed- and could not open her eyes wide enough when she saw the enormous sausage. what kind good people they are to think of a poor old woman like me! I never thought I should ever splendid WTap. The shawl she put on the grand* mother's knee. T\Tiat her warm in winter. Clara has sent you that. 217 for his eyes had fastened on the sausage." Heidi said. "Grandmother. At Heidi this moment is Peter came stumbling "The — must " uncle coming up behind me. . ings. and that was as far as he got. Never in her Hfe had she seen the it like.A GUEST ON THE ALP sausage." own such a in. "Oh grandmother. and now she really possessed and could cut it herself.

however. come. sleep.'' your door. had already said good-bye. he took Heidi by the hand and under the glisBidding tening stars they wandered peaceful cottage.HEIDI Heidi. you must get late to-day. she knew it was too ''Heidi. for she knew what he had meant. Though her uncle never went by the hut any more without stepping in. he called through the open them all good-night. home to their .

greeted the newcomer with great respect. When they arrived on top. Then he went up to Peter. The friendly gentleman made several attempts to start a conversation with the boy. coming out of the hut. The grandfather. which seemed to contain more than usual that day. When they had started on their way. they found Heidi already waiting. I shall. . but as answer to his questions he got nothing more than monosyllables." replied the child. and hung on his shoulder the sack.XVII RETALIATION ''^ ^ ' ARLY the next morning the^ doctor climbed up the tain in moun- company with Peter and his goats. as usual. *'Are you coming?" asked Peter if "Of course the doctor comes with us. fresh and rosy as the early dawn.

"one never has . the time was sending at the unconscious many an angry glance doctor. Suddenly looking up." he said. and above their heads the eagle was circhng with outstretched wings. tion. doctor had been Everything was luminous and bright about them. Heidi ite now took the doctor to her favorFrom there they could hear the spot. it is beautiful enjoy the beauty. but the silent.'^ Tell me!" "Oh. below. When at last she began to relate to by the doctor's him many things strange pranks. flowers. up here.HEIDI fleidi kept urging forward the goats. peaceful-sounding bells of the grazing cattle The sky was deep blue. rocks and birds they Peter When they arrived at their destinaall time seemed to have flown. she was walking peacefully side. "But how can anybody with a heavy heart "Heidi. he beheld Heidi's radiant eyes. which were crowding about her.^ about the goats and all their and about the saw. who never even noticed it." exclaimed Heidi.

" One only gets unhappy A face." "I hope you tiful behef. for God show But pa- saddest things to something happy in the end." "That is true.RETALIATION a sad heart here. child. how would you comfort him?" "God in Heaven alone can help him. "But what can we do when God Himself has sent us the affliction?" a moment. God to will He has meant to do for us. in Frankfurt. cliffs Then looking up at the mighty above." remarked the doctor. he continued: "Think how sad all it would make us not to be able to see things. if He will only do so we pray Him tiently. will always keep this beau- Heidi. After meditating plied: Heidi re- "One must wait knows how to turn the us what patiently. faint smile passed over the doctor's Then he began: has brought his "But if somebody sorrow away with him. . these beautiful Wouldn't that make us doubly sad? child?" 221 Can you understand me." said the doctor.

" "^^ch songs. Seriously she replied: it. Heidi. *'0h yes. I can understand But then we can read grandmother's songs. asleep. he seemed . child. how- ever. remained But the verses had recalled his childhood days. holding his hand fallen before his eyes. and then the last verses of the long one. and of the beautiful garden." said Heidi. for the doctor did not seem to listen. for I should like to hear them. they make us happy and bright again. Heidi. folding her hands. "I wish you would say them to me. those of the sun. She had to think of the poor grandmother. She stopped suddenly. Her bhndness was always a great sorrow to the child. He was sitting motionless." said the doctor.^" "Oh. began the consoling verses.HEIDI A great pain shot through Heidi's breast. and she had been struck with it anew. she Thinking that he had silent. I Grandmother loves them so that always have to read them over three times.

as Heidi and the doctor remained together. Now that Heidi had come It the pasture with him. the doctor just asked for a glass of . When Peter the sun stood in its zenith and knew that it was noon. made him very cross that he was not even little dis- able to get near her. for this till when he was a song to him. he shook his fist at him. Standing a tance behind Heidi's friend.RETALIATION to hear his mother and see her loving eyes." he said with a more joyful voice. he discovered that Heidi was watching him. "Heidi. and soon afterwards both fists. finally raising them up to the sky." When Heidi was getting up to fetch their dinner. little boy she had sung A long time he sat there. he called over to them with all his might: "Time to eat. she did nothing but talk to the old gentleman. your song was lovely. *'We must come here another day and then you can recite it to me again." all this During again to time Peter had been boil- ing with anger.

When the boy found that the whole con- tents of the bag was his. Only after that did Heidi and the doctor had wandered about the pasture it till the gentleman had found time to go. he start with his feast. standing there. indicating to the by his action that his fists did not mean anything any more. way down she showed him many tell places where the pretty mountain Heidi flowers grew. but she insisted on accompanying him. he hurried with his task as never in his life before. To show flat pentance he held his hands up sky. they parted at waved turned From time to time he still about. him. and seeing the child 324. running over to Peter and inform- ing him of their resolution. the The child decided to make milk her sole repast. which also was all he wanted. He wanted All the Heidi to remain where she was. to When him. he had to think of his own . felt guilty But he his re- on account of his former anger at the kind gentleman.HEIDI milk. all of whose names she could last.

as she had done the day. quite subdued. Heidi had to recite first the verses. In the evening they would part. The weather was warm and sunny that month." But most of his days he spent with Heidi. to the bare The uncle cliffs near the eagle's haunt. would show his guest all the herbs that grew on hidden places and were strengthenlittle daughter who used to ing and healing. behind them.RETALIATION wave to him like that when he went away from home. and Peter. spending his day very often with the old man. He could tell many strange things of the beasts that lived in holes in rock or earth. and entertain him with knew. 16 396 all the things she . and the doctor would exclaim: "My dear friend. I never leave you without having learned something. Many a climb they had together that took them far up. or in the high tops of trees. Every morning the doctor came up to the Alp. Then the two would sit together on the child's favorite spot.

The doctor it himself was loath to go. Then caressing in Heidi's curly hair." "I beheve that will be better. Miss Rottenmeier and Tinette rose before Heidi's eyes. One morning the came up with a sadder face than usual. But was necessary for him to go. was really leaving. Hesitating a little. for the Alp had become as a home to him. till doctor stood still. he said goodbye. Heidi! "Now I must I wish I could take you along with me to Frankfurt. all the rows and rows of houses and streets. she said: "I should like it better if you would come to see us again. whom she had been seeing every day.then I could keep you. Now fare226 . and shaking way. Heidi going along with him a little Hand the hand they wandered down.. The time had come for him to go back to Frankfurt. ize that her Heidi herself could hardly realloving friend." At those words.HEIDI At last the beautiful month of Septemdoctor ber was over. and great was the uncle's sadness at that news. he said: go. hands with the grandfather.

and ran after her friend. calling with all her might." he said affectionately. — if don't want you to get again. filled off.'^" to . no. "not at once. dear child. sobbed: I'll down her cheeks while she "I'll come with you to Frankfurt stay as long as ever you want first me But I must see grandfather. Turning quickly he hurried same spot. When they shook hands his eyes Heidi. standing on the after him. But you I should get sick and lonely and ask come to me. looked What kind eyes he had! But they had been full of tears. would you come and stay with me? Can I go away and think that somebody in this world still cares for me and loves me." **No. rolling Her tears came and to. with tears. I You must remain ill here. but inter- rupted by her sobs *'0h doctor. doctor!" Looking round he stood till still and waited the child had reached him.RETALIATION well!" said the freindly gentleman. All of a sudden she began to cry bitterly.

muttering to himself: beautiful ''It is up there. crying time. Heidi stayed on the same spot." Heidi assured him. Then he looked back a last time at Heidi and the sunny Alp. waving her hand and looking after her departing friend till he seemed no bigger than a little dot." . I shall for I really come to you the same day. love you as much as grandall father. the Shaking hands again.HEIDI "Yes. Body and soul life get strengthened in that place and seems worth Uving again. they parted.

legs to get Taking a broom. Round Peter's hut it was the same.XVIII WINTER IN THE VILLAGE ^ "^ i |HE snow lay so deep around the Aim-hut that the win- dows seemed to stand level with the ground and the house-door had entirely disappeared. in A brave soldier had hved there days gone by. he had moved down to the village with Heidi and his goats. the boy would have to clear away the snow from the door to its prevent faUing into the hut. Near the church and the parish house lay uncle The an old ruin that once had been a spacious building. when the first snow had fallen. then he would sink deep into the soft snow and kick with arms and free. he had to creep through the win- dow. When the boy went out to shovel the snow. he had fought in the Span- . had kept his word.

never to come back.HEIDI ish war. many years later. as soon as he had resolved to hve in the village. Years ago. fitting up the place as best he could. When poor people lived there. so poor people moved They had to pay little rent for the in. he came down S30 frequently. But in the having lived too long in the noisy world to be able to stand the monotonous I life Uttle town. empty. when the uncle had come to the village with Tobias. After his death. and coining back with many riches. had known how to help himself. In the fall. their candles would be blown out and they would shiver with cold in the dark. had built himself a splendid house. But the uncle. which was gradually crumbhng and falling to pieces. though the house was already beginning to decay. a distant relation of his took possession of it. for the winter lasted long. he had Most of the time it had been lived there. The new proprietor did not want up again. . house. and cold to build it winds would blow through the chinks in the walls. he soon went away.

This room was still in good condition and had dark wood panelling on the four firm most of walls. led finally to a chamber with a heavy iron door. ing. and also of hunters with their hounds. where nearly the walls lay in ruins. partition here for the goats. On one side the re- mains of a chapel could be seen. a fisherman . In one corner was an enormous ceil- stove. a few thick pillars it ing the rest. by high lake. Several cor- them half decayed. which nearly reached up to the On the white tiles were painted blue pictures of old towers surrounded trees. under shady oak-trees. with a beautiful stone floor and grass If growing in the crevices. There was a scene with a quiet 231 where. The uncle had made a and wooden ridors. covered the floor with straw. all one entered an open room. A large hall came next.WIXTER IN THE VILLAGE On approaching the house from the back. Most of the walls were gone and part of the ceiling also. had not been left supportwould undoubtedly have tumbled down. now covered with the thickest ivy.

the building lay in ruins. to keep you warm. how Where are yon going to sleep?" "Your bed must be near the stove. come and look at mine. "Oh grandfather. Many boards were and the door had been fastened with heavy wu-es. and when Peter . she began to examine the pictures. Arriving at the end of the bench. led her into there a door led into the hugest kitchen Heidi had ever seen. Thick underbrush was growing there." exclaimed the httle fine it is! "Oh." "Now With that the grandfather his bed-room. With a great deal of trouble the grandfather From had fitted up this place. soon as Around the stove a bench was Heidi loved to sit there. which was placed between the wall and the stove.HEIDI was sitting. my I have bed-room. for beyond. sheltering thousands of insects and hzards. Heidi was delighted with her nailed across the walls new home. placed. found girl. she discovered a bed. and as she had entered their new abode." said the old man.

child.'^ SS3 and then you can walk on top . Wait a while till it freezes of the crust. she has been alone so many days. Heidi slept very well in her chimney corner. After four days had gone by. Heidi said to her grandfather: "I must go to grand- mother now. but it took her tomed to it. she did not rest -seen every till he had nook and corner of the curious dwelling-place. she would wonder where she was. she many days to get accusWhen she woke up in the remembered everything and would jump merrily out of bed. Was the snow too heavy on the branches? Was she away from home.^^ But as soon as she heard her grandfather's voice outside.WINTER IN THE VILLAGE arrived next day. Peter can hardly get through. A little girl like lost in you would be snowed up and no time." But the grandfather shook said: his head and *'You is can't go yet. morning and could not hear the fir-trees roar. is The still snow fathoms deep up there and falling.

Peter generally paid her a After a few days the sun came out for a short time at noon.HEIDI Heidi was very sorry. The mild teacher would only say from time to time: ''It seems to too me. but she was so busy now that the days flew by. It really When was frozen as hard it. evening. and before he could stop himself he flew a little way down the mountain. eagerly learning whatever was taught her. She hardly ever saw Peter there. he stamped upon the ground with all his might. he had gained his feet at last. he fell against some- thing hard. When Peter was jumping as usual into the snow that morning. as stone. and the next morning the whole Alp glistened and shone hke crystal. Peter could hardly beheve and quickly running up and swallowing his milk. but I guess there snow for him to get through. and putting . Every morning and afternoon she went to school. Peter is not here again! School would is do him good." Heidi came much But when home towards visit. for he did not come very often.

coasted sitting down on his sled. "I call 235 that deserting!" said the uncle. was al- ready late for school. till when he he coasted down further It he arrived in the plain. Peter replied. "But why didn't you come to school. "We've got entering." answered his Then." "Oh. go and learn nicely. the boy down the mountain like a shot. announced the boy. Not being and able to stop his course reached the village. on uncle.^ You could coast down it to-day." she continued reproachfully. I can go up to grandmother!" Peter. he announced: ''I must go mother. where the sled stopped of itself. general?" asked the "The snow.WINTER IN THE VILLAGE his bread in his pocket. J ' to school to-day!" "Yes." Peter replied. further. . "I went too far on my sled and then was too late. now Heidi rejoiced. so the boy took his time and only arrived in the village when Heidi came home it!" for dinner. "What.

the old man then turned to Peter and said. for there The boy was than the uncle. do you hear?" frightened. goat-general: if you miss school again. boy that was behaving like a disobedient goat and had to get spanked. Then you can go up with Heidi." 2S6 . and when you bring her back at night. More kindly. you can get your supper here. the table "Come to now and eat with us.HEIDI *' People who do that must have their ears pulled." Now at last Peter understood what the uncle had meant. when you ought to be there. what would you say?" of a knew "Serves him right." the uncle went on. you can come to me and get your due." "So now you know it." was the "If you reply. was no one in the world whom he respected more "A general like you ought to be doubly ashamed to do so. "TVTiat would you do with the goats if they did not obey you any more?" "Beat them.

wrapped up in her grey shawl and thin blanket." Heidi promptly confirmed him in his resolution. But Peter did not say a single word. was already putting together they all on Clara's new coat. who had Then given the boy most of her dinner. Peter's mother was alone at the table mending. Brigida now told Heidi that the grandmother was obhged to stay was something new in bed on those cold days. The grandmother was nowhere to be seen. he soon disposed Heidi. Before they entered the the boy said stubbornly: "I think I had rather go to school than get a beating from the uncle. climbed up. she found her lying in a narrow bed. as she did not feel very strong. When they went into the room. hut. Heidi chatting the time. of his full plate. That Quickly run- ning to the old woman's chamber.WINTER IN THE VILLAGE This unexpected change delighted Peter. He was preoccupied and had not even hstened to Heidi's tales. for Heidi. Thank Heaven!" the grandmother ex- . Not losing any time.

get up to-morrow. I w^ant to go back to my spinning-wheel I'll and I nearly confidently. "Yes. Heidi had approached the bed. I ple 238 . that Heidi would be sent for by the strange gentleman of whom Peter had told her so much. though. yes.HEIDI claimed when she heard her darling's step. last speech made the child feel more Then. no. tried it to-day. The happy. Why are you putting it on in bed. looking wonderingly at the grandmother. and if God wills. grandmother?" "No. child. Heidi." "Are you going to be as the well again as soon warm weather comes?" inquired Heidi." the grandmother said for she had noticed how frightened Heidi was." the old woman reassured her. asking anxiously: "Are you very sick. even sooner. All autumn and winter long a secret fear had been gnawing at her heart. grandmother?" "I put it on to keep me warm. she said: "In Frankfurt peo- put on a shawl when they go out. "the frost has just gone into my limbs a little.

Could you grandmother?" "Of warm." So saying.WINTER am thin. course. No bed ought to be child. and sleeping on has made it flat. . "My pillow never was it all very thick. "It had three big pillows on I could hardly sleep because I kept sliding down from them sleep with them. if give me the bed lamented. too. where it ought to be high." these years "Oh dear. because that I could breathe so would keep me much easier. I I had only asked Clara to had in Frankfurt!" Heidi it. things." IN it. trying to find a higher place to it lie on." said the grandmother. I like that. for I must not talk about have to be thankful for I many I get the lovely roll every this beautiful 239 day and have warm shawl. "But any more." "I know. the old woman tried to change her position on the pillow that lay under her like a thin board. your bed is slanting down at your head. can feel it well. THE VILLAGE for glad to have my blanket is very "But. grandmother. all the time.

Let Thy love more brightly bum. which had been so sad a short time ago. will you?" The child obeyed. Please finish the song. When mine That eyes grow dim and sad. was lit up with a happy smile. well again. wouldn't you like to read me something to-day?" Heidi immediately fetched the book and read one song after another.HEIDI I also have you. Heidi. "Are you asked. her face. Suddenly Heidi stopped. grandmother?" she "I feel very much better. a wanderer glad. and when she came to the last words. 240 . my soul. grandmother. I know what it is hke to come home." After a while " Safely she said: "It is getting dark. The grand- mother in the meantime was lying with folded hands. Safely homeward may homeward may return!" she exclaimed: "Oh. return. my child! Heidi. grandmother.

I have very sad thoughts sometimes. and often I feel as if I could not bear it any longer. it is to here alone. the child now said goodnight. in hers. ran out- The brilliant moon was shining on the white snow. and pulling Peter w4th her. giving me the purest joy. am happy in lie again. thinking over everything the grandmother had said. side. like birds soaring light as day. children were already flying down the air. down The two Alp." Shaking hands. holding the child's hand I said: ''Yes. it makes me feel as if a light was shining into my heart." The grandmother. day I do not hear a word from any- body and cannot see a ray of sunhght. Nobody knows how hard after day. she lay awake a little while. But when I can hear those blessed songs that you have read to me. I am glad that you feel better again. though I have to stay bed.WINTER IN THE VILLAGE I must go home now. through the After Heidi had gone to bed that night. especially 16 about the joy the songs had given 241 .

Was there no way for help? it Suddenly Heidi had an idea. .HEIDI her. and that she felt as if thrilled her so till she could not wait morning came to put her plan in execution. But in her excitement she had forgotten her Then. so sitting up in bed. back into the fragrant hay. she soon slept peacefully and soundly still the bright morning came. falling evening prayer. she prayed fervently to God. The child thought how un~ visit. If only poor grandmother could hear Heidi those comforting words every day! knew that it might be a week or two again before she could repeat her became very sad when she comfortable and lonely the old woman would be.

I she ran tell have to you something." he replied. Peter. He had brought his lunch with him in a bag. "You must child. The minute he opened the door up to him. yes." ''Say it." Heidi eagerly proceeded. but I don't mean that way. learn to read now. In the evening Peter as usual paid his visit to Heidi." ." said the "I have done it already." it "Yes.XIX WINTER STILL CONTINUES fflfSHiETER arrived punctually at school next day. while the others went home. must learn so that you 243 really "you know how afterwards. saying: "Peter. for all the children that came from far away ate in school.

" "I shan't!" grumbled the boy. You must stay You mustn't there till you are a man. teach you." Peter's astonishment "I'll was great. you about that any in Frankfurt. This obstinate refusal made Heidi very With flaming eyes she planted herself before the boy and said: "I'll tell you what will happen. when you have two songs you must read one or grandmother every day." Heidi said reso- "When I was mama told me that it wasn't true and that I shouldn't believe you. for I learnt to it." Peter remarked. and I won't either. go. No. Clara showed she'll send you to Frankfurt. and when they are out walking they have high ! 244 .HEIDI "I can't. large boys' school there. know how. grand- more. if you don't want to Your mother has often said that learn. me the terrible. believes "Nobody lutely. Peter where you'll have to think that there ! is only one teacher there. and such a kind one as we have here. indeed There are whole rows of them. angry.

"If A.C and some rhymes. read it it to you. to spell the first Peter. "^Vhere?" "Before the court. I saw them my- when I was out driving!" Cold shivers ran down Peter's back. pulling Peter over to the table. found great "I'll culty. Before the school board you must go. self. half angry "I'll do I it. Let us start right away!" the things that Clara said Heidi joyfully." and half frightened." said Peter stubbornly. C you do not know." "I v/on't go. having diffi- rhyme. Heidi chosen this for the lessons. B. "Oh. Among had had found a little book with She had the A. am glad. "Yes.WINTER STILL CONTINUES black hats on their heads.B. you'll have to go there. sent. so Heidi said." 245 . they'll laugh at you!" said Peter. and when they find out that you can't read or event spell. Lis- and then ten: you'll be able to do better.

O. "Don't be you come to me every day. F you L then must read. repeated the three Heidi said: "Now you know first them. T. beginning again. If still you halt on R. you knew. S. Heidi. looked at Peter. stopping. so frightened who was by all these threats and mysstill terious horrors that he sat as as a mouse. she began to read again: D. Peter. E. humble.HEIDI "Hurry up and learn the then you won't have to!" letters till three letters. Q. You'd quickly learn N. you'll soon learn all the letters and then those things 246 . Or of misfortune take good heed Who over and M doth stumble. P. and she afraid." result of the Having observed the good rhyme. Peter. it You'll suffer for speedily. feel if Must pay a penance and There's trouble coming. Heidi's tender heart said comfortingly: if was touched.

came daily to her Sometimes the grandfather would ners of his sit in the room. Heidi read: Whoever mixes U and V. but nevertheless he kept on learning. In all this time Peter had really made some progress. often the cor- mouth would twitch as if he could hardly keep from laughing. though the rhymes still gave him difficulty. did so. he for his lesson. smoking his pipe. Peter and departed. Obeying Heidi's instructions. Will go where he won't want to be and further. even Promise!*' when it snows. Thus the days passed by. Look at the rod beside the door. But come every day.WINTER STILL CONTINUES won't happen. When they had come to U. He per generally invited Peter to stay to sup- afterwards. . and soon had but three 247 letters left. If V/ you still ignore. Often Peter would growl and object to those measures. which liberally rewarded the boy for all his great exertions.

" Heidi retorted. jumping up. I shall ask him. made than ever. Peter sneered: "Nobody even knows where they are!" sure grandfather does. "Just wait one minute "I am and door. standing I'll "Nothing. He is over with the parson.?^" said Heidi. for he saw himself already transported to those dreadful people." and with that she had opened the "Wait!" shrieked Peter in great alarm." he . Must journey to the Hottentots. 248 learn.HEIDI The next few days the with their threats. And he who makes his Z with blots. following rhymes. cry. For shame you'll run away and When Heidi read the last. . but stay here. ter with you. Peter more eager you the letter X forget For you no supper will be If If set. you still hesitate with Y. "What is the matstill.

"Read.'*" exclaimed Brigida. something the could only be kept back from Peter. The grandmother also was learn how this had happened. Peter and before was time to this knew the last letter. But about Heidi. his After every verse mother would exclaim. wanting to know Hottentots herself. "Who . To the women's would amazement. and had even begun to read syllables. said triumphantly: "I can do it!" it "What his is you can do." "What. to. Heidi told me* Peter continued. again. coming home. One evening.^ Did you hear curious it. Peter . for much snow had fallen since. So at it last by piteous screams they settled down go. grandmother. since Heidi was three weeks had paid her last visit to the grandmother.^" asked mother. is it possible. From day on he pro- gressed It more quickly. Peter began." to "I must read a song now. eagerly. Peter.WINTER STILL CONTINUES blubbered.

learnt you have not only even to read. looked at the boy. how to spell. as I shall not Or do you want to try say to read. "What miracle has happened to you?" he exclaimed.HEIDI have ever thought it!" while the grand- mother remained silent. put- his book." the boy replied. the teacher looked at the little girl. : Then the kind man conin you. and you but were not even able to grasp the letters. In great amazement. when it happened that in it was Peter's turn to read teacher said: school. now that I had given you up as hopeless. the "Peter. the teacher. One day later. In ting dumb down astonishment. tinued "I have noticed a great change 250 . but How did this happen. must I pass you by again. but to stammer through a line?" Peter began and read three lines without usual? — stopping. "For a long time all I tried to teach you with my patience. Peter?" "It was Heidi.

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the frequent praises B rigid a. cannot al- and the songs don't says me the way they do when Heidi them!" And no wonder! For Peter would often leave out long and difficult words. —what it did three or four words matter! So hap- pened sometimes that there were hardly any nouns left in the hymns that Peter read. sometimes more tham a week. brought about this change?" Who has "The uncle. You used to stay away from school. . and lately you have not even missed a day. Then Heidi can ways follow thrill visit me. I the verses sound so different. but nevertheless I am longing for the spring to come." his return Every evening now Peter on home read one song but never more.WINTER STILL CONTINUES Peter. for when she reads. To of to his grandmother. Peter. the old woman once replied: "I am glad he has learnt something.

drying up the damp places in the shadow. Heidi had to go and see what the grandfather was making. Heidi and her grandfather were back on was so happy to be home again that she jumped about among the beloved objects. A merry spring wind was blowing. had brought the first spring flowers to the surface. High above in the azure heaven the eagle floated peacefully. The The grandfather was busy in his little shop. and last having melted the snow. Here she discovered a new spring bud.XX NEWS FROM DISTANT FRIENDS AY had come. and a sound of hammering and sawing could be heard. Warm sunshine was bathing the whole Alp in glorious hght. There 252 . and there she watched the gay Httle gnats and beetles that were swarming in the sun. child the Alp.

before the door stood a neat



while the old

man was busy making

a sec-




know what they

are for," said

Heidi gaily.



making them

Clara and grandmama.

Oh, but we need

a third

—or do you think that Miss Rottenknow," said grandfather:
have a chair for

meier won't come, perhaps?"


really don't
it is


safer to


should come."
Heidi, thoughtfully looking at the backless chairs,

remarked: "Grandfather, I don't

think she would

down on


"Then we must

invite her to sit

down on

the beautiful green lounge of grass," quietly

answered the old man.

While Heidi was


wondering what the

grandfather had meant, Peter arrived, whis-




usual, Heidi

was soon

surrounded by the goats, who also seemed
Peter, happy to be back on the Alp. angrily pushing the goats aside, marched up

to Heidi,

thrusting a letter into her hand.


Did you get a

letter for

me on

the past-

ure?" Heidi said, astonished.

"No." "Where did


come from?"
given to Peter the

"From my bag." The letter had been
the boy had forgotten

previous evening; putting

in his lunch -bag,


he opened

the bag for his dinner.

Heidi immediately

recognized Clara's handwriting, and bounding

over to her grandfather, exclaimed:

"A letter

has come from Clara. Wouldn't you hke


to read


to you, grandfather?"

Heidi immediately read to her two
teners, as follows :-

Dra.r HEmi:

We are
us, for

aU packed up and

shall travel in


or three days.



leaving, too,

but not with

he has to go to Paris


The dear

doctor visits us

now every

day, and as soon as

he opens the door, he


to the Alp!'

he can hardly wait

for us to go.

you only

knew how he enjoyed being with you last fall He came nearly every day this winter to tell us


about you and the grandfather and the moun-


and the

flowers he saw.


said that


was so quiet in the pure, delicious air, away from towns and streets, that everybody has to get
well there.



it all

better himself since his

and seems younger and happier.

Oh, how

I look forward to


doctor's advice

that I shall go to Ragatz


for about six

weeks, then I can go to live in the village, and

from there I

come Grandmama, who

to see

you every


coming with me,

looking forward to the trip too.


just think,

Rottenmeier does not want to go.





I think Sebastian

must have given her
I think he

such a terrible description of the high rocks and
fearful abysses, that she is afraid.

told her that


was not

safe for

anybody, and

that only goats could climb such dreadful heights.

She used to be so eager to go to Switzerland, but now neither Tinette nor she wants to take the

I can hardly wait to see

you again

Good-bye, dear Heidi, with


love from



your true



to right

Peter heard


he swung his rod



Furiously driving the

goats before him, he bounded




Heidi visited the grandmother next day,
for she

had to
in her


her the good news.




comer, the old

woman was

spinning as usual.


face looked sad, for

Peter had already announced the near
of Heidi's friends,

and she dreaded the


After having poured out her full heart,

Heidi looked at the old woman.



grandmother.'^" said the child.

"Are you

not glad?"


yes, Heidi, I


glad, because

are happy."

"But, grandmother, you seem so anxious.

Do you


think Miss Rottenmeier










hand, for I want to be sure that you are

I suppose

it will

be for the best,


I shall not live to see the day!"

"Oh, but then I would not care about

coming," said the child.

The grandmother had hardly
they take Heidi away from her,
she was well and strong?

night for thinking of Clara's coming.

Would now that


for the sake

of the child she resolved to be brave.

"Heidi," she said, "please read



song that begins with 'God

will see to it.'"

Heidi immediately did as she was told;

knew nearly all the grandmother's favorhymns by now and always found them


"That does me good, child," the


Already the expression of her face
less troubled.

seemed happier and

a few times over, child," she en-


Thus evening came, and when Heidi wandered homewards, one twinkling star after
another appeared in the sky.

Heidi stood

every few minutes, looking up to the

firmament in wonder.
to the stars,


she arrived

home, her grandfather also was looking up

murmuring to himself: "What one day clearer than a wonderful month!



the other.
this year."

The herbs




and strong

The blossom month had


and June,

with the long, long days, had come.
of flowers

were blooming everjnvhere,


the air with perfume.

The month was



when one morning Heidi

came running out of the hut, where she had aheady completed her duties. Suddenly she
screamed so loud that the grandfather hurriedly

came out

to see

what had happened.



Look, look!"


strange procession was winding

up the

marched two men, carrying an open sedan chair with a young girl in it,
wrapped up



Then came

a stately lady on horseback, who, talking
with a young guide beside her, looked eagerly



Then an empty



by a young fellow, was followed by a porter who had so many covers, shawls and furs piled up on his basket that they
towered high above his head.


are coming!

they are coming!"

NEWS FROM DISTANT FRIENDS cried Heidi in her joy. who had approached the group. wish I could stay here!'* The uncle had busied himself in the mean« 259 . would have ever thought Who is Kings could envy you here! looking. she tenderly greeted Heidi first. uncle. what a wonderful residence you have. how have never dreamt it could be as that. drawing the child closely to her sido and patting her cheeks. the grandmother exclaimed: "My it! dear uncle. and soon the party Great was the hapdescended had arrived at the again. hke two old After the The two met they had heard so much about each other. first words were exchanged. piness of the children at seeing each other When grandmama had and then turned to the friends. from her horse. what do you say about her looking rapturously. as beauI tiful Oh grandmama.'^'' Clara. glorious! I "Oh. how wonderful. top. cried: "WTiat glory everyto it all. a how little well my Heidi just like rose!" she con- tinued. where! Clara. Oh.

going up to the into her seat." His face became sad. risen Before his eyes had bygone times. For that was the way he used to care for his poor wounded captain. and now he would take just as good care of poor. Then. *' surprised. while he replied: "It comes more from care than study. "My dear uncle. she said longingly. please tell me where you learned that. Clara had looked a long time at the When cloudless sky above and all the rocky crags. he tucked her feet in warmly.'" The uncle smiled faintly. If I only could I see all the things you told me so much about . whom battle.HEIDI time with getting Clara's rolling-chair for her. seemed as ing else if the grandfather had done noth- all his life than nurse lame people. for I shall send all the nurses I know here immediately. girl. he gently lifted her Putting some covers over her It knees. he had found in Sicily after a violent He alone had been allowed to nurse him till his death. "I wish I could walk round the hut to the fir-trees." said the grandmama. lame Clara.

this is really nothing in compari- son with the many flowers in the pasture. put them in Clara's lap. mained the same." said the grandmama. immediately gathering a bunch. ever looking down into When they passed the empty goat-shed. "Oh. Clara said pitifully: "Oh grandmama. enjoy now what you can. they had rethe valley. if of exquisite. Clara could not see her of those splendid trees that must have stood there so many." "Dear child. "Clara. red blossoms. to go Clara again. "whole bushes Oh. When they had come into the fill little grove.NEWS FROM DISTANT FRIENDS Heidi pushed with all her might. 261 . Although the people had changed and vanished. who had followed. many years. and be- hold! the chair rolled easily over the drygrass. if I could only wait up here for Schwanli and Barli ! I if am afraid we have I shan't see Peter and his away so soon again. I could only pick some large of those bluebells!" Heidi. what wonderful flowers!" exclaimed goats.

HEIDI You must come up once and see them. But what do I see?" "I think you are actually eating your second piece of cheese. and climb round everywhere!" "I'll push you!" Heidi said easy it for comfort^j To show how was. she pushed the it chair at such a rate that would have tumthe grandfather bled dowli the mountain. The grandmother was so overcome by the view and the dehcious wind that fanned her cheek that she remarked: "What a wondroois place this ! is! I have never seen its hke she continued. and soon everybody sat down. Heidi. so beautiful. you will feel as if it is you could I never get up any more. There are so many that the ground seems If you ever sit down golden with them. Clara? . among them. do you think longing in her eyes." "Oh. if had not stopped it at the last moment. grandmama. The table was spread near the bench. It was time for dinner now. can ever go up there?" Clara asked with a wild "If I could only walk with you.

the uncle quietly lifted Clara in his strong 263 arms and . "We is the sun already our guides be here shortly. eagerly eating the *' savory dish. the things it tastes better than all we get in Ragatz.NEWS FROM DISTANT FRIENDS "Oh grandmama." I wish the day were twice as The grandmama to go inside. for will over to the west. sad. our mountain wind helps along where the cooking is faulty!" con-l tentedly said the old man. During the meal the uncle and the grand- mama had sation. Don't stop." repHed the child. Clara." Clara's face treated: had become let so. please us stay here an- other hour or We haven't even seen the hut yet. soon got into a lively converto agree on They seemed many things. friends. assented to Clara's wish When the rolling-chair was foimd too broad for the door. long. and she en- "Oh. start. and understood each other Kke old A little later the grandmama looked must soon low.

My 264 dear lady. I only mean if you did not object. she discovered Heidi's bed. said it now: "I have an idea that would give new strength to stay up here with us a httle while.? The Clara uncle. Heidi. can't you. Clara was perfectly entranced.? What a dehcious carried her in. you can I'll easily leave the care to me. you can look right up to the sky from your bed WTiat a good smell! You can hear the fir- a lovely place to sleep! Oh." It must be a healthy place to she said. too. with Clara. Of course. glad to see everything so neat. "What Oh. with Heidi following. many wraps that You have brought so we can easily make a soft bed for Clara gladly " here. Then going up the Httle ladder to the hay-loft. looking out through the window. The grandfather. looking at the old lady. it undertake . Grandmama was perfume! sleep. was coming up. "Is that your bed. Heidi. I never saw a more dehghtful bed-room!" trees roar here.HEIDI eageriy looking about her.

thanks to the old lady's precautions. . as How can I thank you enough. with Heidi beside her. offered to do it. **I a fine man you are!" she burst was just thinking myself that a stay here would strengthen the child. car- riers now appeared. new patient back to her found her and there they sitting. the hay could not be through at The uncle had carried his rolling-chair. joy. The guide. and grand- "What out. When they were told that Clara might stay for a their faces month or so. which. but the last two were not needed any more and 26S could be sent away. but then I thought of the care and trouble for you. and the of the chair.NEWS FROM DISTANT FRIENDS The children screamed for mama's face was beaming. uncle?" After shaking hands many times. if it And now you have was nothing at all. beamed more than ever. with the horse. They were eagerly talking of their plans for the coming weeks. was soon so felt soft that all. the two prepared Clara's bed.

racing down to the hut v/ith all his Seeing Heidi. Before the grandfather had returned. beating the air with his stick. won't be long. The end of the joyous day had come." and While the uncle was leading the horse down the steep incline. however. they ran up to her in haste. Peter came goats. the grandmama told for him that she would go back to Ragatz. he only ran away.HEIDI When it the grandmother got ready to leave. and I feel as if we were driving in a high carriage straight into the sky. for you must often come see us. of and so Clara made the acquaintance Barli Schwanh and and all the others. the Dorfli was too lonely for her. Peter. "I can see so many ghttering stars. kept away. Clara called gaily to her: "Oh grandmama. The two children were both lying in their bedso "Oh." 26Q . Heidi!" Clara exclaimed. only sending furious looks at the two girls. She also promised to come back from time to time. TVTien they bade him good-night.

forget to pray to But Clara. In truth she had never seen them before.NEWS FROM DISTANT FRIENDS "Ye?. we must not God and ask Him to think and keep us safe. her eyes closed at last and she saw two big. of us she fell asleep. stars But Clara could not sleep was too wonderful to see the from her bed. too. "No. till the house. ghttering stars in her dream. they then said their evening prayer. and had to open them again and again to watch the twmkling. See. but tell me." "Because they know that God in heaven looks after us mortals and we never need to fear. glistening stars. because in Frankfurt all the blinds were al- ways down long before the stars came out. it quite yet." Sittmg up in bed. and do you know why the stars twinkle so merrily?" inquired Heidi. As soon as Heidi lay down. . and at night she had never been outside She could hardly keep her eyes shut. they twinkle and show us how to be merry.

Heidi was soon awake. too. and the clouds above grew brighter.^^ But soon she discovered her sleeping friend. and the Aim-Uncle was watching how mountain and dale awoke to the new day. said that she had never slept better in all her life. Bright sun- beams danced on her bed. looked about her in amazement. the old man turned to go back into Clara. who was al. the hut. and softly chmbed the ladder.XXI OF FURTHER EVENTS ON THE ALP 1 r^ iP-^ ^^^ ^^^ i^^^ I .^ ready sitting in the sun. Where was she. Next. 268 . having just a moment ago opened her eyes. and heard the grandfather's cheery voice: "How did you sleep Not tired?" Clara. and lost no time in coming down to join Clara. rising. feehng fresh and rested.

Schwanli and httle will It comes from strength. give you To your health! Just drink it!" he said en- couragingly. to each of snow-white milk. he said to Clara: "This will do you good. and the spicy fragrance from the lungs with every breath." of The grandfather was the shed with two full coming out bowls of steaming. I wish I could always stay up here with you!" she said. hands.OF FURTHER EVENTS A cool morning breeze fanned their cheeks. fir-trees filled their Clara had never experienced such well-being in all her life. Heidi. for Clara had hesitated a httle. delicious It surpassed all **0h. But when she saw that Heidi's bowl was nearly empty already. pure. She had never breathed such sunshine on her feet and her expectations. father is is as tri- beautiful as I told you. she also drank with269 . cool morning air and never felt such warm. the children. "Now you can see that everything umphantly. Handing one girl." Heidi rephed "Up on the Alp with grandall the loveHest spot in just the world.

along.HEIDI out even stopping. Peter arrived. must follow even if she should go higher up than usual. and will do I the others want the goats to give me splendid milk. listen." "We'll take two tomorrow. so furiously?" Peter was started off. remember. It tasted like Oh." he "From now on you must let Schwanli go wherever she She knows where to get the richest herbs. the grandfather took the boy aside. and do what I likes. bleating loudly. Schwanli has to be followed everywhere. What are you looking at good." said the grandfather. While the goats were rushing up to Heidi. tell you. still and without more ado angrily looking back now As Heidi had followed a little way. Peter called to her: "You must come and then. silent. Heidi. After their breakfast. how good it was! cinnamon and sugar. "Just said. It won't do you any harm to climb all a little more. but I can't. and you her." ^^No." Heidi called back: "I .

to let us FURTHER EVENTS is won't be able to come as long as Clara Grandfather has promised. so they imtask. knew not They again ate outside. Oh. mediately Heidi brought stool. With those words Heidi returned angrily shaking his fists. for Clara had to be in the open if possible. they how. and dinner was ready. how in peaceful it was with the little gnats dancing the sun and the rustling of the trees! From time to time they could hear the shouting of a shepherd re-echoed from many rocks. air all day. The afternoon was fir-trees. while the goatherd was hurrying onward. though. The morning had passed. out her own three-legged her school-books and her papers. Clara stopped after nearly every sentence. spent in the cool shadow of the Clara had many things to relate of Frankfurt 271 . The ter to children had promised to write a on their little let- grandmama every started day. come up with you once. for she had to look around." to Clara. and with these on Clara's lap they began to write.OF with me.

my life I have only eaten because I had . holding out the bowl. Clara. always tasted to me I like cod-hver and I have often wished that I should never eat. know. he disappeared with a grim scowl. eagerly drank the contents in one draught and even finished before Heidi. much pleased. Nodding.thing Everyoil. Clara said: "Oh. Heidi. may I have a little more?'' she asked. "Please. "Oh yes. the grandfather soon refilled it. When by the at last the full bowls were brought old man. This time he also brought 273 with him a sUce of bread and butter for the . seizing hers." Heidi She had to think of the days her food seemed to stick in Frankfurt when in her throat. for I feel as if I could not wait my milk. It was not long before Peter arrived with his flock. but without even answering the girls' f riendljT- greeting. have to And now I am so hungry!" replied. Isn't it funny? All to. While Schwanli was being milked in the shed.HEIDI and all the people that Heidi knew.

in which she thanked the children for their faithful writing.OF children. When they bed. and his trouble was well rewarded: they enjoyed had been the rarest dish. and told them that the beds were meant for them. Two The next brought a porters came up the Alp. white They also brought a letter from grandmama. went to sleep that night. I am still in the Aim-hut.. they in exactly the found their new beds same position as life their former ones had been. ** reports. surprise. This evening Clara she lay down. fell it as if it asleep the moment Two strong or three days passed in this pleasant way." Grandmama was highly pleased at those. Clara's rapture in her new grew greater of Heidi's every day. each carrying on his back a fresh. She told her grandmama that her first thought in the morning always was: Thank God. and she could not write enough of the grandfather's kindly care and entertaining stories. fuhther events He had gone to Maiensass that afternoon to get the butter. 18 and put her projected visit 273 oflF a little .

This summer was the for years. of the masses of golden roses and the blue-flowers that covered the ground. and at night would pour its purple. which he did not climb around to find the most savory herbs it The little goat thrived so that everybody could see in the way her eyes were flashing. everything seemed to glow like Heidi had told Clara over and over again of all the flowers on the pasture. for she had found the ride pretty tiring. of It was the third week Clara's stay. little and no day passed on for Schwanli. he said to her: "Would my Clara try to stand a sighed. telling it again. Day after had been day the sun shone on a finest that it cloudless sky. rosy light fields till down on the rocks and snowfire. he made her longer every day.HEIDI while. She had just been longing seized her.^" Clara so!" al- ways "Oh. it hurts me but though she would stand a little cling to him. little. The his grandfather took excellent care of patient. Every morning after the grandfather had carried her down. when a 274 .

she must try to stand longer this evening for me. nearly hitting poor Thistlefinch in his anger. field In her dreams Clara saw before her a heard the eagle scream that was thickly strewn with hght-blue flowers. "but tell Clara that she must do something to please me." she cried from afar. "won't you come with us to the pasture to- morrow? Oh. it's so beautiful up there now/' "AU right. and jumping up she ran over to her grand- who was busy ^'Oh. "Come. while Heidi to her from above.OF father. for was it not her greatest wish to go up with Heidi to the pasture! When Peter returned this evening." he rephed. Clara promised. Of course." Heidi merrily came running with her message. he heard of the plan for the mor- row. The awake day. FURTHER EVENTS carving in the shop. come. grandfather. children all had just resolved to stay night to talk about the coming their when conversation suddenly ceased and they were both peacefully slumbering. 975 come!" . But for answer Peter only growled. I wiU.

When he passed the hut in the morning. rolling- was then that Peter noticed the diair standing near the hut. it was too much! And All to-day she was coming at in last. The truth was that the boy was terribly em- and angry by the changes that had come. Heidi was always busy with the strange child. bittered summer long Heidi had not been up with him a single tune. his goats kept at a good distance from him. but again company with It this hateful stranger. was when Peter came climb- ing up. and in the evening it was the same. still The grandwith the chil- father dren. to evade the rod. After care^ . which was striking right and left.xxn SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS HE less next day da^vned cloud- and fair.

Sometimes the air. . when the uncle might appear. Heidi at stood and then. not daring to pause till he had reached a blackberry bush.^^ Have you rolled away Heidi . followed. Peter's conscience smote him now.f^" he asked. Pieces were falling from it right and left. and were blown about. and he raced up the Alp. Looking down. he watched his fallen enemy tumbling downwards. still. running right and she returned to the old man. The chair fairly fiew down the away and had soon disappeared. he rushed it at the hated object and pushed incHne.SOMETHING HAPPENS fully glancing about him. "What the chair does this mean. first left. Now the stranger would have to travel home and Heidi would be a punishment. it was thrown high up into to crash down again the next mo- ment harder than ever. The grandfather. There he could hide. Heidi just his again! But Peter had forgotten that a bad deed always brings now came out of the hut. with Clara. downwards.

still missing A this strong wind was violently blowing." lamented Clara. which at moment closed the shop-door." exif it "Oh dear! has it way down to the village. grandfather. "Grandfather. rolled all the will it." said the old man.^^" . be too late to go to-day. pity!" what a find a "You can way 278 for her to stay. can't you. You object. it will be smashed to pieces. it happened. we shall never get any more. "I don't see how marked. I'll am What a "I afraid pity. said it was beside the hunting for shop door. grandfather. looking down and measuring the distance from the corner of the hut." It will take us a long time to fetch "If it has rolled it down for there.HEIDI **I am just looking for it everywhere." said the the child." he re- "What to go a shame! now I'll never be able up to the pasture. it. have to go home now. the wind has done claimed Heidi eagerly.

the grandfather lost no time in getting ready. lifting is so late to-day. leading his goats out of the shed." Then we were shall see what and fur- The children delighted. and seat- ing Clara on a sunny spot on the dry ground. "The goats come with us.SOMETHING HAPPENS "We'll go up to the pasture to-day. Clara up on one strong arm. ther happens. What was their astonishment when. First he fetched a pile of covers. march!" he cried. ^'Now. he got their breakfast. he carried the covers on the other." he said. "I wonder why Peter Then. little round Schwanli and the other round she wandered up. as we have planned. S79 . they saw Peter already lying on the ground. with his peaceful flock about him." That suited Heidi. ar- riving on top. Her companions were so pleased at having her with them again that they nearly crushed her with affection. and with one arm Barli.

for he knew the voice. Then. when he had been assured of Clara's comfort." the the chair?" asked the "Which?" Peter growled.HEIDI "What that? I'll did you mean by going by us like teach you!" called the uncle to him. The crags. Now and then one of the goats would come and near them. he got ready to go home. oftener than Tender little down Sno whopper came any and would rub her head 280 against their shoulders. . he put Clara down on the dry grass. boy retorted. Peter was frightened. The three were to stay there till his return in the evening. eagle was chil- above the rocky The lie dren felt wonderfully happy. yet. Unfolding the covers. When dinner time had come. "Nobody was up "Have you seen uncle again. Heidi see that Clara was to prepare the meal and got Schwann's milk. The sky was a deep floating blue. The uncle said no more. and the snow on the peaks was glistening.

*' ''Oh. it became close more and more It confiding. Heidi started on her walk. now you don't need to be alone." she said hesitatingly. Clara slowly handed one leaf after little another to the creature.SOMETHING HAPPENS They had been sitting quietly for a few hours. drinking in the beauty about them. ate the herbs out of her hand. would you be angry minute and the flowers. if left went away from you a you alone? I want to see I But wait! " Jumping away. when Heidi suddenly began spot where so to long for the many flowers grew. which often aimoyed it. Soon after she returned with '*So. she brought Clara some bunches of fragrant herbs and put them in her lap." said Heidi. little — Snowhopper.' was easy to see how happy it was to be away from the boisterous big goats. Clara felt a sensation of 281 . and cuddling to the child. for they always shut their eyes by then. Clara. When Clara had assured her left that it would give her pleasure to be alone with the goats. late to see little In the evening it would be too them.

the whole patches the blue-bells ground was covered with yellow rock-roses. Premonitions of future undreamt-of happiness made her heart beat. Many other thoughts and ideas rushed through her mind.HEIDI contentment such as she had never before experienced. She longed to be her own master of being and be able to help others instead helped by them. beautiful it is little Snowhopper If I how up here! could always stay with you!" Heidi in the meantime had reached the spot. where. it How would . .'^ up here in continual sunshine The world seemed so joyous and wonderful be to live all of a sudden. A great desire rose in her heart that hour. as she had expected. She loved to sit there on the mountain-side with the confiding httle goat by her. the perfume that filled the air But all came from that hid the modest their heads little brown 282 flowers between the golden flower-cups. Suddenly she threw both arms about the little goat and said: '*0h. Near together in were nodding gently in the breeze.

Clara. He had been staring down for hours. fine won't be so any more. Heidi hurried up the mountain now and shouted angrily to the boy: "Peter. "Don't want to. am. the evening it it is so lovely there. "of course I you Oh. for I want you to help me." Clara said. come quickly." sounded the reply. Heidi. Heidi now called to him to come down. sitting right beside his playmate. if you . drawing in the per- fumed air. Quickly!" urged the child. shouting to her from far: "Oh. He had destroyed the chair to get rid of the stranger. unable to believe what he saw before him. you are much smaller than little.SOMETHING HAPPENS Heidi stood enraptured." "But you must. but as reply he only grumbled: "Shan't come. Don't you think I could carry you?" "But can't. and there she was again. you In must come. Suddenly she turned and ran back to Clara. I wish I could walk!" Heidi meditated a lying Peter was still on the ground.

was told to Heidi helped on the other. soon followed. . had to arm be shown how 284. His deed had rejoiced him till moment. who had never to offered his anybody in his life. alone. "No." guides The boy. it isn't no. so hard. I won't.^ and how could they get any "You must take me round the said Heidi." said Heidi compassionately: "Just come along. but difficulties Clara was not able to stand further. Peter obeyed. while This went easily enough. on approaching Clara. "I shall only come if you promise not to do what you said. Don't be afraid. I thing that you won't like. for his con- was not this if clear. who had seen what poor they made. when Heidi seemed she to talk as knew it all. What it! if the grandfather should hear about Trem- bhng with fear. help raise the lame child from the ground on one side.HEIDI come this minute." don't science shall do some- Those words scared Peter. neck." insisted the boy." Peter.

SOMETHING HAPPENS first. Clara tried to set her feet forward. one after can take steps. I really can. can now? Oh. before further efforts could be made. obeying." Heidi urged her. Clara and took another step. . now you can walk. uttering a went. it But was too hard. it really has hurt me less. it again. joyfully. but got discouraged. timidly. if only grand- father would come! you can walk. she ventured a firmer step and soon another. Clara. hurt you less." she said "Try did. little cry as she "Oh. Clara. another. But." Heidi rapturously exclaimed: "Oh. can you really? you take steps Can you walk? Oh. still. Just look! I can I do it. "Do you think so?" said Clara. and another Suddenly she cried aloud: "Oh." suggested "Press your feet on the ground more and I am sure it will Heidi." she kept on sayS86 Now ing joyfully. Oh. and then another. Heidi.

brimming full and made them Peter also lay motionless. for he had sleep. flew. warm earth. The two their hearts silent. last. "Now we can walk wherever we want to and you don't have to be pushed in a chair any more. children could hardly grasp this It filled happiness that had come to them. field. nodded and exhaled It was a scene of exquisite beauty." you can come up here every cried Heidi. gone to Thus the hours long past noon. had been it fulfilled at It was not very far to the flowering Soon they reached and It sat down among first the wealth of bloom. Now you'll be able to walk Clara's all your hfe. what joy!" greatest wish. but with every new step she became more firm ''Now day. to be able to be well like other people. was the time that Clara had ever rested on the dry. and the day was all Suddenly £86 the goats archil- for they had been seeking the . rived. Oh.HEIDI Clara held on tight to the children. x\ll about them the flowers their perfume.

flowers. he had seen the golden nails. and Heidi hurried to fulfill her promise to Peter. Remembering TVTien they his deed. the grand- was seen climbing up the Alp. who with bad of the conscience had understood her threat differently. They did not like to graze in the and were glad when Peter awoke with their loud bleating. he obeyed Heidi's instructions mllingly. for something seemed to stick in his throat. Heidi lost no time in setting out the dinner. for he had dreamt that the rolling-chair with the red cushions stood again before his eyes. 287 Heidi ran to meet him. The bag was very full to-day. Soon father after their belated dinner. there was the boy. came back to their former place. The poor boy was mightily bewildered. still On awaking. confusedly telling him of . and when Clara and she still were through.SOMETHING HAPPEXS dren. It left for was too bad that all this treat did not give him the usual satisfaction. She made three heaps a lot good things. but soon he dis- covered that they were nothing but flowers.

HEIDI the great event. and the other one he stretched out as support." 288 . at this news. all standing about an interesting ob- and everybody pushed and fought It chair. saw a large disputing crowd. that too much exertion would be danfor the tired gerous. "I bet it worth* at least five hundred francs. and was needed Peter. he " So you have risked Now we have won. They for were ject. arriving in the village late that day. this excitement the grandfather did lifted not lose his judgment. he put one around her waist. it a chance to get nearest. like to I should just know how it has happened. He knew girl. The it? old man's face shone said: Going over to Clara." Peter w^as than the "I saw when they carried it heard the baker say. was no other up." arm Then picking her up. Heidi jumped and bounded In all gaily by their side. and with his help she marched more firmly than ever. and before long Clara on his arm rest to carry her home.

who was staring openmouthed "It is «ii at the beautiful velvet cushions." Many more opinions were uttered. but Peter had heard enough. they might suspect me.'^ find A policeman might arrive any time now and they might take him away to prison." continued the baker." remarked Barbara. and else I should pity the culprit." a good thing if nobody else has the done it.SOMETHING HAPPENS The wind might have blown it down. *'The uncle said so himself. . I am glad I haven't been up on the Aim for so long. He quietly slipped away and went home. Hurriedly creeping into bed. as they would anybody who happened to be up there at the time. What if they should out he had done it. 19 289 be groaned. He was so troubled when he came home that he did not answer any questions and even refused his dish of potatoes. "When all gentleman from Frankfurt hears what has happened. he'll surely find out about it. Peter's hair stood up on end at this alarming thought.

because we pray of He knows something better?" "What do you mean. said: "But. becoming thoughtful. Heidi. glancing up at the shining stars. that it is fortunate God for does not always give us what fervently. I couldn't. Heidi?" "You see." said the compassionate grandmother. He had for- had gone away so soon you would never have come here and would But if I never have got well. so. Brigida. WTien Clara and Heidi were lying in their beds that night. said his "You must give him a httle more bread piece of in the morning. then we could not pray for anything feel that any more. because we would 390 He always knows of something better. Frankfurt I prayed and prayed to come home again." and that makes him groan mother. to-day. I thought asked Clara. Take a mine. Heidi remarked: "Didn't you think Clara." Clara.HEIDI *'I am sure Peter has eaten sorrel again." . when I was in and when gotten me.

Clara hoped then lo be able to walk alone." He has made you glad that "I am you have reminded me.SOMETHING HAPPENS we must pray to God every day to show we don't forget that all gifts come from Him. with Heidi for her guide. Grandmama has told me that God forgets us if we forget Him." The children both prayed and sent their thanks up to heaven for the restoration of the invalid. Clara. for I have nearly forgotten in my excitement. Next morning a letter was written to grandmama. but I know that We must thank God to-day that able to walk. inviting her to come up to the Alp within a week's time.^" asked "Grandmama it is so." in Him. told me. it Heidi. Clara. show our confidence best. for he knows "How Clara. for the children had planned to take her by surprise. 291 . But if some wish remains unfulfilled we must *'But. did you ever think of that.

fill He had to bowl after bowl of the foaming milk for In that the hungry children. She progressed.HEIDI The Clara. way they reached the end of the week that was to bring the grandmama. following days were happier still for Every morning she awoke wuth her heart singing over and over again. "Now I am well ! Now I can walk like other people !" Her appetite grew amazingly. . and the grandfather had to make larger slices of the bread and butter that. and took longer walks every day. disappeared so rapidly. to his delight.

next father up with him The grand- was already before the hut with the His face children and his merry goats. looked proud. slowly. ter. delivered the let- he sprang back shyly. uncle As soon as he had afraid. as he contemplated the rosy faces of the girls and the shining hair neared the of his two goats. morning." said Heidi. looking about him he was off. j»3 . watching his strange behavior. approaching. as if Then with a leap he started "'I should like to haves like the know why Peter beBig Turk when he is afraid of the rod.XXIII PARTING TO MEET AGAIN DAY ter to before her visit the grandmama had Peter brought it sent a let- announce her coming. Peter.

The party came nearer and nearer. and soon everything was ready to welcome the good grandquickly." said the old man. 294. and soon reached the top. who put the hut in order for the expected visitor. pay such a visit. . All the fear. sitting on a white horse and accompanied by two men. exclaimed for joy when they saw the glowing flowers. policeman to fetch It who was coming from Frankfurt him was a busy morning for Heidi. The time went by mama.HEIDI Peter fears a rod that he deserves. getting up from time to time to spy down the path. The children. Heidi. ** Maybe way He Peter was tormented with could not help thinking of the to prison. One of them carried plenty of wraps. who were sitting on the bench. for without those the lady did not dare to. suddenly discovered grandmama. The grandfather also returned from a walk. on which he had gathered a glorious bunch of deep-blue gentians.

she beheld the who Taking Clara's T\Tien arm in hers. Looking over to the bench. o^ er and over again. When they came back their mama rosy faces beamed. What was this? Upright and firm. is that really you? round cheeks. had quite reached the children she threw her arms up in great excitement: "Clara.AJITING TO MEET AGAIN Clara. taking her arm. they quietly took a little The grand- was rooted to the spot from fear. she took both his hands in hers and said 295 . she walked over to him. dismounting hastily. "What do I see? what is this? Why are you not sitting How is this possible?" cried in your chair? the grandmama Before she in alarm. Rushing toward the children. the grandmother hugged them uncle. Clara walked beside her friend. sat there smiling. my child! I You have hardly know going to slipped you any more!" Grandmama was rush at her grandchild. red.F. from the bench. tinually venting she reached the old man. and Clara. when Heidi walk. conher delight.

and also Schwanli's dehcious to see Grandgoatso good!" mama. The uncle immediately whis896 . really true? But now I must telegraph your father to come. dear uncle! What have we to thank you for! This is your work. "Yes." interrupted the uncle. I hardly recognize you any more. I shan't tell him anything about you. but I can herd. milk. Clara." grandmama. oh. smiling. is it I cannot look at you enough. smiling. My dear uncle. said the for it will be the greatest joy of all his life. you ought how much it is milk I can drink now. Then Clara good." easily send the goat- So they decided that Peter should take the message. called. it? how are Have you sent the we going to manage men away?" "I have. your care and nursing "But our Lord's sunshine and mountain — air. "Indeed I can see that from your cheeks.HEIDI **My dear. You have become broad and round! I never dreamt that you could get so stout and tall! Oh. "No.

I Now happy friends sat down round the table. and grandmama was told how the miracle had happened. weak all the little Clara .^^ The children were in a con- stant state of joy. He had arrived on this very day. and now. he drove to Mayenfeld. to see how their surprise had worked. Often the talk was interrupted by exclamations of surprise from grandmama. Soon Peter arrived. for he doom had come. Sesemann. But he only- received a paper that was to be carried to the post-office of the village. ing a surprise. taking a carriage. The long ascent to the Alp from there 391: . Meanwhile Mr. Relieved for the moment. who still beheved it was all a dream. Peter set out. having fin- ished his business in Paris. white with thought his fear. some hours after his mother's departure. was also preparhis Without writing mother he traveled to Ragatz on a sunny summer morning.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN^ tied so loud that it resounded from all sides. How could this be her pale.

Sesemann doubted path. and no of little insects. but nothing more. would he reach the goat-herd's hut? little There were many in roads branching off several directions. if "Now.HEIDI seemed very weary and TNTien far to the traveller. my on the lives boy. if and sometimes Mr. Standing still and cooling his brow. . at topmost speed. Sesemann called success. turning wild somer- on his perilous way. His course resembled the course his enemy had taken some days ago. he saw a boy running down the Mr. but with no boy kept at a shy tell distance.^" A sound of terror was the only reply. can't you me I am right path to the hut where Heidi and the people from Frankfurt are dull staying. for the hill to him. But not a of the he had taken the right soul was near. Peter shot off and rushed head over heels down saults the mountain-side. sound could be heard except the rustUng wind and the little hum A merry bird was singing on a larch- tree.

How did the baker know he ^9 the chair had been pushed. he had quietly watched the boy. think- Mr. This stranger was the policeman. For a little rest after his weary work. "Good.^ He longed to go home to bed and hide. being thrown against a bush. and kept rolling on. "I wonder who is going to be like pushed down tomorrow. that was a certain fact! At last. In spite of the greatest Peter could not stop himself. his fright But and terror were still more terrible than his bumps and blows.^" The village baker was making fun of him. he clutched it wildly. But he . for there alone felt safe.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN "What a funny. he soon proceeded effort. looking a half- open potato-bag. on his way. After watching the downward course of the boy a little while. Peter regained his feet and slunk away. Sesemann remarked to ing that the appearance of a stranger had upset this simple son of the Alps. here's another one!" a voice near Peter said. bashful mountaineer!" himself.

Sesemann stopped short. was leaning on Heidi. he saw two forms coming towards him. he limped away up to the Alp. with hght hair and rosy face. He saw the Aim-hut above him. Groaning. A tall girl.HEIDI had to go up to the goats. As he made the last steps. and felt reassured. Suddenly big tears Clara's this fair rushed from his eyes. with renewed courage. Sesemann eagerly hurried to encounter his beloved child. sore limbs? and Mr. with poor. and the uncle had clearly told him to come back as quickly as he could. whose dark eyes sparkled with keen dehght. he at last saw his goal before him. CHmbing further. his fear How all his could he run now. Mr. and a treat was prepared for him that he never suspected. mother had looked exactly hke 300 . but not without long and weary exertion. staring at this vision. Mr. They had seen him long ago from the hut. and the swaying fir-trees. Sesemann had reached the hut soon after meeting Peter. for this shape before him recalled sweet memories.

I also must greet our Uttle — Heidi. "Well? Always fresh and happy on I guess I don't need to ask. not TO MEET AGAIN this Mr." said the gentleman. Ah. I mean the uncle. child. the mountain? for no Alpine rose can look more blooming. what joy this is to 301 me!" . Sesemann rushed up to her. Sesemann at if moment did know he was awake or dreaming. embracing her again and again. "Papa. Mr. don't you know changed so much?" me any more?" "Have I Clara called with beaming eyes. folding her in his arms. for she wanted to see the happiness of her son. and tall then gazing at her. finer say to this. you have changed. shaking Heidi's hand. His mother joined them now." "Yes. Clara?" asked the over-joyed father. "Yes. indeed. "What do you our surprise him. as she stood firm and by his side. my son? Isn't than yours?" she greeted "But come over to our benefactor now.PARTIISTG maiden. How is it possible? Is it really true? Is it really you.

clapping her hands. at last approached each other. they are beautiful!" children it The had joined ing her that was another person's deed. were conversing. child looked at who had always been pathy with his Her heart throbbed in symWhile the two men.'^" At that moment a rustle was heard. "How exquisite. up on guess looks just like that. and they saw Peter. A beautiful bunch if of wondrously blue gentians stood as they had grown there. Heidi assur- Oh. the pasture it "Oh grandmama. for she thought that Peter himself had picked 302 . Im- mediately the old lady called to him. joy. under the another surprise awaited her. grandmama walked over fir-trees. come here! those? Have you brought me her. how wonderful! What a sight!" she exclaimed. "Heidi. "Just who brought you the flowers." Clara remarked. There. to the who had grove.HEIDI With beaming eyes the the kind gentleman so good to her. who was trying to sneak up behind the trees to avoid the hut.

"Now tell me. Petrified with fear.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN the flowers for her. he approached. boy. of sheer modesty. if you have done that. He thought his With was over with him hair standing up on end and his pale that all now face distorted by anguish. my boy! don't be afraid. He side for only saw the uncle standing near the hut." still." In his anxiety." Peter said. Peter stood WTiat had gone before had robbed him of his courage. the greatest horror him in the world. boy." the old lady encouraged him. and be- him the policeman. looking at him penetratingly. she called: "Come here. Trembling in every limb. Peter did not see the grand- mama's finger that pointed to the flowers. "Come straight to me. He must be creeping away out thought. "Yes!" "Well. his knees tottering under himo 303 . the kind lady To give him his reward. but what are you so frightened about?" "Because —because it is broken and can never be mended again. Peter answered.

It was very hard on him when Clara robbed him of Heidi. "we must not punish him fur- must be just.HEIDI The grandmama now walked over hut: "is to the *'My dear uncle." Grandmama was wicked. It was rather fooHsh." was the reply. chair ticed . "Not He is expecting the punish- ment he for she well deserves. it roused him to a passion which drove him to this wicked deed. who is and was his greatest treasure.f^ very much surprised. "only th« boy was the wind which blew away the wheel-chair. He assured her that he had suspected the boy from the beginning. dear uncle." she asked kindly. far vowed that Peter looked from Why The should he have destroyed the uncle told her that he had nosigns of anger in the many boy since Clara's advent on the Alp. but we all get so when we get angry." 304 We . this poor lad out of his mind?" at all." the old lady said with animation. "My ther. Wlien he had to sit alone day after day.

Peter. He keeps on calling to the you'll is doer: 'Now be found out! Now has place. Sitting down on the bench. "You have made a mistake. it." the grand' 20 305 . God always knows it. He a rtainly had experienced this. for fear near!' — His joy and just terror take its Have you not Peter. chair down. your punishment flown.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN The lady walked over to the boy again. he is wTong. I'll tell you something. it. to destroy well that it You pushed the You knew very hard to conceal was wicked and deserved puntried very ishment. in his heart. all contrite. she began: "Come. who was still quivering with fear. He wakens who till all a little watchman is keeps on prickhis rest evil- ing the person with a thorn gone.?" had such an experience. Stop trembling and listen. As soon did you not? as He finds that a man is trying to conceal an evil he has done. Peter nodded. You But if somebody thinks that nobody knows about a wicked deed.

"So now that matter if settled.'^" Peter. If she should stay here.^ God can turn a misdeed to the good of the injured person and bring trouble on the Have you understood me. who had not is all left yet. you have a wish. my boy. ''by thinking that you would hurt Clara by destroying her chair. Peter . Peter." said the old lady in conclusion. Will you do that. if her chair had been there. She would probably never have tried to walk. I shall. Remember the little watchman w^hen you long offender. 306 He was confused by this sudden change of prospect. What is it. she might even go up to the pasture every single day. still fearing the policeman." Peter replied. Do you see. astonished eyes. stared at the grand- mama with round.^" **Yes.^ "Now tell me for I am going What would you like to have.'*. It has so happened that what you have done has been the greatest good for her. to give you something by which to remember your friends from Frankfurt.HEIDI aiama continued. . to do a wicked deed again. lifting his head.

when a bright thought struck him. the grandmama underx\lways consettled. He stood thinking. not able to decide.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN Being again urged to utter a wish. what would you world he wished. He felt as if the most off crushing load had fallen him.' when something had gone wrong. "Ten pennies. all He saw before him the wonderful things in the fair in Mayenfeld. looking at the pretty red whistles and the Httle knives. it stood and said: fess "That is right. so he said: "I have also lost the paper." Reflecting a while. "That certainly is not too much. taking out of her 307 . He knew now that it was better to confess at once. then can be like to And now. have?" So Peter could choose everything in the His brain got dizzy." said Peter with decision. he saw at last that he of the terrible was saved from the power man. unfortunately Peter had never possessed more than half what those objects cost. He had often stood there for hours. what is wrong." the old lady said w^ith a smile.

After din- who was lively as never before. said solemnly. that he he could A little later the whole party sat round the table holding a merry feast. Clara. I will will put it do the same. ner. said to her father: 308 ." "All my life. he ran away. round thaler. You'll be able to spend one every Sunday through the year. looking at his gift. Laughingly she said: "You in shall will have it my you boy. The grandmama began ily at this to laugh so heart- that the two men came over to join her. on top of which she laid twenty pennies. my my and then Listen! son.^" Peter asked quite innocently. Peter. Peter the goatherd shall have a ten-penny piece weekly as long as he Uves.HEIDI pocket a big. "God be thanked!" ing. Sesemann nodded. felt Jumping and boundHis heart was so light fly." Mr. this to you. "Now I'll explain Here you have as many times ten pennies as there are weeks in the year.

am you believe me w^hen I tell you that I have not known any real joy for years." "It said my greatest wish. take if you only knew It all the things grandfather did for me." Accordingly Mr. dear child. but what is in my power I shall do. Sesemann walked over man. if we could what he please half as much as did for me. would many days them all him only is to tell life. you. "My dear I may word to you." her father.^^ Please let me know.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN "Oh. Have you any request to make. and make her happy! the Lord you have made You have given her a new life. I know I shall never be able to repay you. in We have some way. too. "I have been trying to all think of something to the time." 309 . Papa. I shall never forget my Oh. Please tell me how to show my gratitude to you. and began: I say one show our gratitude to the old friend. sure What was my not cure wealth to child of me when I could my With the help her well.

Mr. my dear friend. who even might if try If to take advantage of her she could. Sesemann. "the child ba- . you would amply repay to do for me for what I was able is you and Clara. Sesemann." urged Clara's "I shall am old. have have hfe If this my would be father. Sesemann. there sic that." continued the uncle. Mr. sure that I I experience at the recovery of Clara." began Mr." said the uncle "I thank you for your kind I I offer. "Mr. you can be also am repaid by the great joy firmly. As long as I live me and the child. you would give me the assurance. free of care. Sesemann. enough for one wish." "Speak. When The I die I cannot leave Heidi anything. that Heidi will never be obliged to go into the world and earn her bread. child has no relations except one." no question of "My dear friend.HEIDI The uncle had listened quietly and had looked at the happy father. "and not hve many years. But could be fulfilled.

He intends to take your advice and live here. she has made some true friends. she said: "Heidi." said Heidi. pleased. shaking the uncle tenderly by the hand. Nevertheless. that they The child will two protectors near God's will. know that she is not fashioned for a life among strangers. He has never felt so happy have as with you and Heidi. me what like it is.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN longs to us! I promise at once that we not shall look after her so that there will be any need of her ever earning her bread. I want to know if you also have a wish. may long time. and one of them all We will be here very shortly. Putting her arms around the child.^^" "Yes "Tell indeed. her. Dr." "And may it be God's will!" added the grandmama. I have. and I hope with be spared a long. Classen last is just now completing his business in Frankfurt. who with Heidi had joined them. child!" "I should to have my bed from Frankfurt with the three high pillows and 311 .

"Oh I dear. 'Soon visit was resolved that everybody should the grandmother. I shall telegraph immediately for the bed.HEIDI the thick. and if Miss Rottenmeier sends days. his plans. Then grandmother won't have I'll be able to keep warm and to wear her shawl in bed. will warm cover. Mr. in her happiness. Oh. If God sends ns happiness we must think of those who have many privations. Before starting. be so happy when she won't have to head lower than her breathe!" lie with her heels." I hope the poor blind grandmother will sleep better when it Heidi. I had nearly forgotten what meant to do. Heidi. who had been left it alone so long. however. she was so eager. I am so glad you have reminded me. Sesemann revealed 312 He pro- posed to travel through Switzerland with . hardly able to Heidi had said all this in one breath. it off at once. it can be here in two comes. could hardly wait to bring the old woman the good news.

first From there they would go further. when the whole company arrived. *'Have you seen whether they 313 .PARTING TO MEET AGAIN his mother and Clara. the Uncle child. all going away. who could not have risked the lengthy walk. she mother: called to her "Now going. the cold they had to bear in winter and the little food they had. the uncle carrying All the Clara. they are too. they all went down. so as to fetch Clara from the Aim next morning for the journey. Brigida was just hanging up Peter's shirt to dry. to Ragatz to be and then The telegram was mailed that night. way down Heidi told the old lady of her friends in the hut. must it really be?" sighed the grand- mother. He would spend the night in the village. Rushing into the house. for she was sorry to leave the Alp. but the prospect of the trip delighted her. When everything was settled. Clara's feelings were divided." is carrying lame *'0h.

" . said: "Oh. To see Heidi again. I long to hear her voice once more!" The same moment the door was flung tight. Heidi. is she continued: "It out of the question. what a good lady she must be! I know I ought to be glad she is taking you with her. com- Grandmama has said that it will be here in two days. just think. Heidi will stay with you and make you happy. up every year to the Aim. S14 for we will come we have many reasons to thank the Lord there. but the old woman. said Pressing the old woman's hand.HEIDI took Heidi away? give Oh. smihng sadly. but I don't think I shall survive it long. the grand- those words. bpen and Heidi held her ''Grandmother." so." Heidi thought that grandmother would be beside herself with joy. My bed with is the three pillows and the thick cover ing from Frankfurt. if she only could me her hand once more! Oh. who had overheard kindly." "But nobody has said mama.

Sesemann and his mother went on 315 . Sescv in mann. "Oh. We never forget you!" Sesemann shook her hand." this "My dear grandmother. deeply touched. however. It was some time before she was allowed to leave.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN Immediately the face of the grandmother lighted up." said Mrs. w^oe to us. woman Nothing in this world strengthens the belief in a good Father in Heaven more than mercy and kindness showTi to a poor. thanked her over and over again. because the grandmother that. next year you just as soon as shall we shall come to we come up the With Alp. Mrs. He see should forget us!—^But now we must say good-bye. what wonderful things God is doing for me!" said the grandmother. "How good people are to trouble themselves about such a poor old as I. "before God Heaven we are al) if equally miserable and poor. like me. Mr. and she cried tears of joy. useless Uttle woman. and in- voked all Heaven's blessings on her and her house.

half crying. where such Heidi consoled her' with plans for the coming summer. Sesemann then arrived." Clara as- send her a hundred pounds of salt as a remembrance from me.HEIDI down. my love the Heidi! Please greet Schwanli esfor she has helped well. tears at parting from the beloved place. Clara." advised little Heidi. suddenly to Peter and said: "Please give goats. I will surely "I'll do that. that was to be even more happy than this one had been. Clara shed hot gladness had been hers. "Oh. sented." It was time to go now. and a few last parting words were exchanged. Mr. and Clara was to ride able proudly 316 beside her father. while Clara was carried up to spend her last night in the hut. Next morning. You know how fond she is of that. Standing on the edge of the slopes Heidi . pecially from me. a great could I deal in making me What give her?" "You can send her salt. Clara.

they will spend . her eyes following Clara till she had disappeared. Grand- mama has not forgotten the cold winter on the Alp and has sent a great covers and shawls to many warm up now and is the goatherd's hut. Grandmother sleeps so well every night now. The doctor has arrived and living at present in his old quarters.PARTING TO MEET AGAIN waved her hand. and Schwanli. He is rebuilding for himself the portion with the fine apart- ment already mentioned. in progis In the village a large building ress. that before long be stronger than ever. The bed has she will arrived. course. is The doctor knows that his friend an independent man and Barli 317 likes to have of his own dwelling. are not forgotten. is The other side being prepared for Heidi and her grand- father. He has taken the uncle's advice and has bought the old ruins that sheltered Heidi and her grand- father the winter before. Grandmother can wrap will herself not have to sit shivering in a corner.

for he away. At the moment when our hut. another father take care of Heidi and love her in his stead. Heidi and Peter are sitting in grandmother's The httle girl has so many is interest- ing things to relate and Peter trying so hard not to miss anything. 318 All . The doctor and the Alm-TJncle become better friends every day.HEIDI the winter in a good solid stable that is being built for them. They have agreed together the pleasure and responsibility that Heidi brings them. that in their eagerness they are not aware that they are near the happy grandmother's chair. filled The uncle's heart is with gratitude too deep for any words tells when the doctor ample provision called him that he the child. will make her if for is Now will grandfather's heart is free of care. they generally come to to speak of Heidi. story closes. They both will look forward to the time able when they be move into the house with their to share merry charge. When they over- look the progress of the building.

and very many They and wonderful are all have happened. I feel that I must praise and thank the has brought to Lord for the blessings He us all!" The End.PAKTIiS^G TO MEET AGAIN things summer long they have hardly met. . Finally the grandmother says: "Heidi. I think Brigida's face more radiant than any. please read me a song of thanksgiving and praise. for Heidi has just told her the story of the perpetual ten-penny piece. tell it is hard to who is the happiest of is the group. glad at being together again.

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