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Its inside walls are made of wood," Father is saying. "There is an air space between these walls and the stones, one meter wide. For insulation, it is filled with straw. " The meat and potato vanish into his mouth. I am eating steamed fruit when my brother finally arrives. " Silence. He starts eating his soup; by now it has a skin on top. He stops, bursts out: "What a fire! I just had to go and see it! It smells terrible and there are flames everywhere, and sheets of ice all over the place; the water freezes as soon as it comes out of the hoses.

We are told to form a line. Saint Nicholas arrives, covered with snow, carrying two huge sacks. With many "ho-ho's" he settles himself in a big chair. " He shouts, pointing to a sack filled with packages. '' And now he points to a bag filled with brown switches. My heart starts to pound. Surely I shall get the switch! I am very near the end of the line, and the waiting is very hard. Not one single child has received a switch! Yet he has a whole sack full! Am I the only bad one? I shall feel so, so horrible if I am truly the only one!

He made pooh-pooh last night! " Nana slaps the little red buttocks. But one day Hansi is good. His diaper is only wet. I am so glad Hansi is good. I love sweet little Hansi. A person comes to visit at that house. Anna? Yes? No! Yes? No!! Strange woman. Terror! I scream as I run down the stairs into the street. It is a long time until I am at home again, with Mother, Father, the others. I have a doll. His name is Peter. He is soft except for his head. He smiles and has blue eyes. I love him; I hate him.

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