1. When Peter had called the goats together, he and Heidi started down the mountain.
2. “Will it be like that every day?” asked Heidi, eagerly.
3. “It usually is,” was the reply.
4. “What about tomorrow?” she inquired.
5. “Tomorrow it will be like that, I am sure,” Peter affirmed.
6. That made Heidi happy. She walked by Peter’s side, thinking over all the new things she had seen. Reaching the hut
, they found the grandfather waiting for them on a bench under the fir trees. Heidi ran up to him, and the two goats followed, for they knew their master
. Peter called to her: “Come again tomorrow!”
7. Heidi gave him her hand, assuring him that she would come, and finding herself surrounded by the goats, she hugged Snowhopper a last time.
8. When Peter had disappeared, Heidi returned to her grandfather. “Oh grandfather! It was so beautiful! I saw the fire and the roses on the rocks! And see the many flowers I am bringing you!” With that, Heidi shook them out of her apron. But oh, how miserable
they looked! Heidi did not even know them anymore.
9. “What is the matter
with them, grandfather? They looked so different
!” Heidi exclaimed in her fright.
10. “They are made to bloom
in the sun and not to be shut up in an apron,” said the grandfather.
11. “Then I shall never pick them anymore! Please, grandfather, tell me why the eagle screeches so loudly,” asked Heidi.
12. “First, go and take a bath. Afterward, we’ll go inside together, and I’ll tell you all about it during supper-time.”
13. They did as was proposed, and when Heidi sat on her high chair before her milk, she asked the same question as before.
14. “Because he is sneering at the people down below, who sit in the villages and make each other angry
. He calls down to them:—’If you would go apart to live up, on the heights like me, you would feel much better!’” The grandfather said these last words with such a wild voice that it reminded Heidi of the eagle’s screech
15. “Why do the mountains have no names, grandfather?” asked Heidi.
16. “They all have names, and if you tell me their shape
, I can name them for you.”
17. Heidi described several
, and the old man could name them all. The child told him now about all the happenings of the day, and especially about the wonderful
fire. She asked how it came about.
18. “The sun does it,” he exclaimed. “Saying goodnight to the mountains, he throws his most beautiful rays to them, that they may not forget
19. Heidi was so much pleased with this explanation
that she could hardly wait to see the sun’s goodnight greetings repeated
. It was time now to go to bed, and Heidi slept all night soundly
. She dreamt that the little Snowhopper was bounding happily about on the glowing mountains with many glistening roses blooming around her.