Heidi Grows Up
Heidi Grows Up (a.k.a. Heidi Grows Up: A Sequel to Heidi ) is a 1938 novel to Johanna Spyri's Heidi, written by Spyri's French and English translator, Charles Tritten, after an three-decade long period of pondering what to write, since Spyri's death gave no sequel of her own. It was originally published by Flammarion in Paris (1936), and in New York by Grosset & Dunlap (1938), illustrated by Jean Coquillot.
It was followed by three sequels more; Heidi's Children, one year later and two later novels, neither which have been translated to English.
Hoping to finish her education in a cultural school, Heidi's grandfather sends the teenager to the boarding school Hawkthorn, in the city Rogatz, Lausanne, which Clara, who followed her in the train to there, had graduated from. While her homesickness is quickly overcome by the sight of the city, including its moonshun lake river, at night, she makes trouble at the school, as well as ignorning the rules set by the headmistress, Miss Smith, of England. Speaking of, after some days, she befriends a majority of foreign students, except one who scoffs at her, while Heidi herself practises her violin in the specific classes. At the summer break, Eileen doesn't want to end up alone in the summer, since both her parents are away in their ways and Heidi therefore offers her an vaction up on the Alm, which, after some arguing, Eileen accepts and Miss Smith agrees with the idea and including going with them.
On the Alm, Smith just waits them out, for the next train, while Heidi shares wonderful sights of the mountains with Eileen, but along the way, Eileen's necklase is lost and they track even the whole way back to search it. After that fails, they turn back up and Eileen first sights Peter's goat flock dancing on the zig-zag path up to Dorfli, them including Peter himself, who re-meets Heidi again, then indtroduces the new little goat lamp; Baerli ("The Little One Who Bleats") and they rest in their doctor, Reboux's house. The next morning, after the goats are called, Heidi meets her grandfather again, too, who agrees to let Eileen go up with Heidi and Peter to the goat pasture, where Peter leads the girls to the top of an nearby mountainous place, which many of the goats follow to easily, but Baerli gets into an life-threatening situation, which the kids, including a highly worrying Eileen, rescues it from.
Back at the cabin, time later, Heidi and Eileen are sent down to get some things for him and his goats, but while they're gone down, she sees clouds go down over the mountains, down to the village, which come over them, while they end up staying at Reboux's mansion. An varied storm breaks and eventually, someone announces the grandfather's house is on fire. When Heidi runs out and sees it herself, she runs, repeaditly calling his name, while the others, the most of all Peter, albeit on the path, follows Heidi, catching up to her, finding his goats, then the old man himself, grieving under the fir trees. The next days, he and other villagers make plans and eventually rebuild just about the entire house, with many improvements. Grandfather telling Heidi and Eileen legends that excited the latter quite through the rest of the summer vacation and much later, at the school graduation, Heidi leaves with wishes of good luck, but also with an ridiculed mission of cheering prisoners.
As an adult, she gets approved for her teacher application; despite Dorfli advising her of otherwise, she figures that she could teach others even more now, but at the school, after some lonely days at the school times, the kids eventually arrive, but one of the kids break the flowerpot, trying to hit Heidi with a stone. The kid disappears the days after and Heidi subsequently asks the villagers for signs of where he's gone, which does get her stories of him and them. One night, Peter informs her he's found the child and the next day, a sudden off-touring gets them to a cave the child has hidden in, which turns out to be because of the teacher's treatment of him, including putting him (along with other children, also incidentally) in the "school dungeon" Heidi had discovered in the school some time into her lonely first teaching days. The kid's eventually back at school, well dressed and the "dungeon" is turned back into the closets they previously were. While Peter questions Heidi of her being able to care her grandfather with her job times, Eileen accepts the invitation to replace her, but Heidi's grandfather falls sick, but which he promises to recover from, which he does, when Peter, Heidi and the villagers of Dorfli set up a wedding, after Peter asks Heidi if she would marry him, where he comes in his green Sunday suit, along with an Eileen-led children's choir of the school students and other guests including Heidi's old friend, Clara, grown into 'quite a woman' and Eileen's little sister, Martha. But the couple sneaks out of their wedding to watch the sun sink again, which the grandfather joins them in on soon and Peter finishes the book, with saying: "It will never have seen such a happy day as this."
- "Heidi Grows Up" - foreword, by Charles Tritten
- Bibliographie französischer Übersetzungen aus dem Deutschen; Bibliographie de traductions françaises d'auteurs de langue allemande; by L. Bihl, K. Epting. Walter de Gruyter, 1987
- "Heidi Grows Up," Catalog record, United States Library of Congress
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