A Study in Punctuation
When Deta saw the little party of climbers 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 bought for you, and the
new stockings that I made myself? Where are they all, Heidi?"
The child quietly pointed down and said "There."
The aunt followed the direction of her finger and descried a little heap
with a small red dot in the middle, which she recognized as the shawl.
"Unlucky child!" Deta said excitedly. "What does all this mean? Why
have you taken your things all off?"
"Because I do not need them," said the child, not seeming in the least
repentant of her deed.
"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 is
half-an-hour's walk. Please, Peter, run down and get them. Do not stand
and stare at me as if you were glued to the spot."