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“So, then, that is Paris !” exclaimed Seppi, in astonishment.
“ Yes, that must be indeed Paris," said his companion Marie, “it looks so very large. 'Would we were but once there, Seppi, for I am so very hungry, and we have not a morsel more bread left in the wallet.”
“Why yes, Marie, our bread is indeed all gone; but only think of the pretty marmot and the hurdy-gurdy, by which God will help us on still further. Come, come; let us be merry and cheerful. Kind-hearted people will surely not deny us a bit of bread, and a little nook where we may sleep. And you, Marie, can dance so prettily the Savoyarde, and I will sing our song to it; and—hurrah! hurrah!-how my little animal here will spring about when it hears the hurdygurdy! And besides, you know, I can sweep chimneys too, and earn plenty of money that way.”
“Ah, Seppi, you are always so light-hearted and merry; whilst poor 1-I feel as if I could rather grieve my heart out, and cry most bitterly!”
“Well, now, that would be foolish! Would that bring us a step further! And yonder lies Paris. Do n't you know that one may make one's fortune in such a place as that? Our old Thomas, at home, has often enough told us that; and he knows it, for he has been in Paris himself.”
Marie, who had sat down to rest herself a little, now summoned together all her strength, and arose, sighing beneath the weight of the hurdy-gurdy, and, with a dejected look, walked on by the side of her more sanguine brother. When they had gone on thus for a little while, Marie stopped again, and said, mournfully, and almost in tears : “ Alas, Seppi, what will our dear mother do now, so all alone at home! This is just about the time when the bells must be chiming there for evening service. Ah, how very sad it is not to be able to hear the sounds of those pretty bells here."
“Why, Marie, it is true," rejoined the consoling Seppi, “ we do not hear them ourselves, but our dear mother does; and when she thinks of us, and the bells chime for prayer, she knows that we are in God's hands, and that He will not forsake a couple of poor children.”
Just at that moment they were interrupted by the sudden tones, echoed forth through the evening air, from a loud peal of bells. The children simultaneously gave a loud scream of lively joy at these unexpected sounds; and Seppi exclaimed, exultingly: “ There now, Marie, you see there are bells in Paris too, and they sound quite differently from those in our own village. Come, come; we shall not fail to thrive there."
And now even Marie herself had gained courage, and so, forgetting hunger and weariness, they pushed on again stoutly together.