HEIDI: JOHANNA SPYRI

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When Heidi is 5 years old, her aunt Dete brings Heidi to live with her grandfather Uncle Alms in the Swiss Alps. Her grandfather has lived all by himself, angry at everyone. But soon he becomes fond of Heidi. Heidi befriends Peter, the goatherd and goes with him up the mountains everyday as he tends to his goats. She also becomes friends with his blind grandmother. Heidi grows to love the living in the mountains.

A few years later, aunt Dete comes back. She wants to take Heidi to Frankfurt to be a companion to Clara, a little girl of her age who’s crippled. When they go to Frankfurt, they meet Fraulein Rotenmeier, Clara’s governess. Rottenmeier thinks that Heidi is a dumb girl, not fit to be a proper companion for Clara, especially when she finds out that Heidi cannot read. But Clara and Heidi get along right away. Heidi has a hard time adjusting to the life in the city. She can’t stand not being able to see the mountains.

When Clara’s grandmother comes, she is very friendly towards Heidi. She helps Heidi to learn to read. But Heidi grows more and more homesick. She starts praying to God. Heidi begins to sleepwalk and on check up Clara’s doctor says that if Heidi does not go back to the mountains soon, she might die. Heidi is sent back to the mountains and grandfather is very happy to have her back.

Clara and grandmother too make a visit to the mountains. They decide to let Clara stay there for a while to be benefited from the mountain air. But, Peter is jealous of the attention Clara gets and through his jealousy; he allows a miracle to happen.

BY: APOORV KUMAR, VIII- B

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