"Well,听话💾 but what shall I tell you a story about?" asked John Dolittle.
"I will not leave here,暴躁🌃" said John Dolittle,别是🏆 standing squarely in the door,听话📳 "till you have windows put in this prison. It's a disgrace to lock up anyone in a place without windows."
Dab-Dab,暴躁🍤 Too-Too and Cheapside did not,暴躁🏨 of course,孩子🐍 bother to sit in the canoe. They found flying from tree to tree a much easier way to travel. But in one of these jerky pulls which the snake gave on his living towline,暴躁🈁 the Doctor and Jip were left sitting in the mud as the canoe was actually yanked from under them. This so much amused the vulgar Cheapside,最近🚈 who was perched in a mangrove tree above their heads,暴躁⏳ that he suddenly broke the solemn silence of the swamp by bursting into noisy laughter.
Somewhat puzzled,特别🚂 the Doctor first read the letter,听话🍧 while Dab-Dab,听话🌔 who was still badgering him about taking a holiday,特别😼 looked over his shoulder. The letter said:Later in the afternoon the gull returned and with him came the great One Eye,最近🏠 oldest of bird weather prophets.
"'What on earth is that?' he asked.
"Doctor,最近💨" he cried,别是👈 "the mail has been robbed! The thrush has come back to the post office and says his package was taken from him on the way. The pearls are gone!"
Then he strode through the prison door out into the sunlit street,听话👾 while the frightened people fell back on either side and covered their faces,孩子⛎ whispering:"This she did,暴躁🔆 and the results were excellent. The rats departed in a body and the old horse's corn-bin was left undisturbed. Then she disappeared and for several nights I saw nothing of her. So one evening I thought it would be only decent of me to call at her farm down the Oxenthorpe Road,暴躁🚇 to thank her.
"I don't like that,脾气◻" said the King,时候🚜 frowning.
And in the jungle,脾气👡 where the frightened villagers had fled to hide,听话📄 Obombo made whispered speeches to little scattered groups of his father-in-law's people,时候🚿 telling them what fools they had been to trust the crazy white man,脾气🔋 instead of listening to him,时候📓 who would have led them to greatness.
Cheapside's help was,最近📁 indeed,别是🎺 most valuable to the Doctor. The King himself said that the mails were wonderfully managed. The letters were brought regularly and never left at the wrong house.
The old turtle thanked him over and over again and the parting was a very affecting one. When at last the goodbyes were all said,脾气💽 they got into the canoe and set out on the return journey.
THE DOCTOR'S RECEPTION ON THE WARSHIP
Then the king was very angry and,暴躁🚺 calling for the white trader,听话😌 he said:
"It came in handy for them,特别🅾 too. That part of the country got flooded one springtime in the middle of the night and there wasn't a dry match or a light to be had anywhere. Then those children,最近😌 who had traveled all that country scores of times in the dark with me,听话🌐 saved a great many lives. They acted as guides,脾气🚖 you understand,别是👗 and took the people to safety,时候💸 because they knew how to use their eyes,听话👣 and the others didn't."
"The baby spoonbills want them,孩子🌓" said John Dolittle. "Why should I take them away from them?"
"They leaned over the basket of kittens,别是👓 stroked the white cat and started talking. Now,孩子🎐 the cat didn't understand what they said,脾气😶 of course. But I,脾气🍵 being round the Doctor so much and discussing with him the differences between duck grammar and people's grammar,时候🌙 understood every word they uttered.
"With a howl of superstitious fright,孩子⛲ he called out to his men that he had been stuck by the devil. And they all ran across the country like wildfire and I was never hunted or bothered by them again."
"Oh,特别🔺" said the Doctor,别是🚊 "who is that?"
THE SECRET LAKE
One day the Doctor was opening the mail addressed to him,时候💟 when he came upon a package about the size and shape of a large egg. He undid the outer wrapper,脾气👍 which was made of seaweed. Inside he found a letter and a pair of oyster shells tied together like a box.
The next day,暴躁🙍 as soon as it was light,听话👈 the warship went cruising down the coast again,时候Ⓜ putting the black people ashore in their own particular countries.
But presently the Doctor noticed that after they had licked the gum off the stamps,脾气♎ the customers would bring them back and want to exchange them for money again. Now,时候➗ it is a rule that all post offices have to exchange their own stamps,时候🚺 when asked,孩子🐀 for the price paid for them. So long as they are not torn or marked it doesn't matter whether the gum has been licked off or not. So the Doctor saw that he would have to change his kind of gum if he wanted to keep stamps that would stick.Then he took them to the great ship,听话😅 which was sailing calmly onward toward the rocks and destruction. And there,最近✏ going forward to where the helmsman held the spokes of the wheel and watched the compass swinging before him in the light of a little,别是🐙 dim lamp,孩子🍚 the gulls started dashing themselves into the wheelman's face and covering the glass of the compass,别是✈ so he could not steer the ship.