Page 201. " A few harebells remained of all the summer flowers "

Campanula rotundifolia
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCampanula rotundifolia - Credit: Walter Siegmund
Harebells
Public DomainHarebells - Credit: Chilepine
 Harebells are common flowers in the Swiss Alps. They belong to the plant family known as bellflowers (Campanulaceae). The flower's Latin name is Campanula rotundifolia.

In Scotland, harebells are called bluebells.

Page 211. " in one corner was an enormous white tiled stove, reaching nearly to the ceiling "

Kakelugn - Tiled Stove

 

18th century tiled stove made in Berne, Switzerland
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike18th century tiled stove made in Berne, Switzerland - Credit: John Jason Junior

For many centuries, large tiled ceramic stoves have been used in countries such as Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden. Some were designed for quite grand houses and some for more modest ones. The plain white one in the picture above, is a 19th century Swedish stove.

 

Stove on display at the municipal museum at Rapperswil, Switzerland
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTiled stove on display at the municipal museum at Rapperswil, Switzerland - Credit: Roland zh

 

Page 225. " 'It was a rhyming A B C, which had come in a big parcel from Clara "
German picture sheet for learning the alphabet
GNU Free Documentation LicenseGerman picture sheet for learning the alphabet - Credit: unknown (uploaded by Stephan Herz)

An A B C is a book designed to teach children the alphabet. In many countries, there is a tradition of making up rhymes and songs which make it easier for a child to learn his/her alphabet.

Songs and rhymes that help children learn the alphabet are still in use:

 

                                                

                                                                                                     

Page 225. " If you get stuck at R S T A dunce's cap your lot will be "
Engraving of an American dame school, showing a child wearing a dunce's cap
Public DomainEngraving of an American dame school, showing a child wearing a dunce's cap (1713)- Credit: unknown

A dunce is a person who is slow to learn.

In the past, a dunce's cap/hat was used in the classroom.

It was a tall, pointed hat, sometimes marked with a 'D', which was put on the head of a child who misbehaved. Only occasionally was it put on the head of a child who was slow to learn.