Translated by Elisabeth P. Stork
r messenger, and everyone liked to see her at the rectory. When it was discovered how quick and able young Apollonie was, things were more and more given into her charge at the castle. The Baroness hardly undertook anything in her household without consulting Apollonie and asking her assistance. The children, who were growing up, also asked many favors from her, which she was ever ready to fulfill. The devoted, faithful servant belonged many years so entirely to the castle that everyone called her "Castle Apollonie."
Mrs. Maxa was suddenly interrupted in her thoughts by loud and repeated calls of "Mama, Mama!"
"Mama!" it sounded once more from two clear children's voices, and a little boy and girl stood before her. "The teacher has read us a paper on which was written--" began the boy.
"Shall I, too; shall I, too?" interrupted the girl.
"Mäzli," said the mother, "let Lippo finish; otherwise I can't understand what you want."
"Mama, the teacher has read us a paper, on which was written that in S