She raised her arms to the night sky, and while a shower of sparks fell over her she cried loudly, "Such a jolly, jolly fire!"
She took one leap and caught the rope. "Look out!" she cried and same sliding down the rope like greased lightning.
"Three cheers for Pippi Longstocking! Long may she live!" cried the fire chief.
"Hip, hip, hurray! Hip, hip, hurray! Hip, hip, hurray!" cried all the people—three times. But there was one person there who cheered four times. It was Pippi Longstocking.
11 Pippi Celebrates Her Birthday
One day Tommy and Annika found a letter in their mailbox.
It was addressed to TMMY and ANIKA, and when they opened it they found a card which read:
TMMY AND ANIKA ARE INVITED TO PIPPI's TOMORO TO HER BERTHDAY PARTY. DRES: WARE WATEVER YOU LIK.
Tommy and Annika were so happy they began to skip and dance. They understood perfectly well what was printed on the card although the spelling was a little unusual. Pippi had had a great deal of trouble writing it. To be sure, she had not recognized the letter i in school the day she was there, but all the same she could write a little. When she was sailing on the ocean one of the sailors on her father's ship used to take her up on deck in the evening now and then and try to teach her to write. Unfortunately Pippi was not a very patient pupil. All of a sudden she would say, "No, Fridolf"—that was his name— "no, Fridolf, bother all this learning! I can't study any more now because I must climb the mast to see what kind of weather we're going to have tomorrow."
So it was no wonder the writing didn't go so well now. One whole night she sat struggling with that invitation, and at dawn, just as the stars were paling in the sky over Villa Villekulla, she tiptoed over to Tommy's and Annika's house and dropped the letter into their mailbox.
As soon as Tommy and Annika came home from school they began to get all dressed up for the party. Annika asked her mother to curl her hair, and her mother did, and tied it with a big pink satin bow.