The Doctor readily agreed because he hadn't been on a voyage in a long while and he felt he too needed a change from the chilly December days of England.
"I went to her farm and found her in the farm-yard. I thanked her for what she had done and asked her why she hadn't been around to my place of late.
"I think the white mouse ought to tell us one,米酷💶" said Jip.
"'There's no food here,官网🆎' he said,冰淇淋💃 'only dyes of different colors.' And he pointed to the big dye vats,米酷📍 all in a row,冰淇淋🏇 that towered in the half darkness above our heads.
"I left them beside my pipe on the information desk,冰淇淋👷" came the Doctor's voice from the top of the dark stairs. "But there must be matches in the lighthouse somewhere. We must find them."
Out in the open great banks of gray mist rolled and joined and separated as the wailing wind pushed them fretfully hither and thither over the face of the waters.
"Pearls before swine,米酷📄" giggled the white mouse. "Tee,米酷🚁 hee!"
"So,米酷🎩 picking myself up wearily,米酷🏊 I started off for the miller's shop. On the threshold I paused a moment. It was a terrible step I was about to take. I gazed miserably down the street,米酷🐎 thinking upon the hardness of life and the sadness of love,冰淇淋👠 and there,冰淇淋🚏 coming toward me,冰淇淋📫 with a bandage around his tail,米酷🚢 was my own brother!
In the meantime,米酷📞 while Quip was gone,冰淇淋⭐ life went forward busily and happily at the Doctor's post office. The animals,米酷💾 Too-Too,米酷🈂 Dab-Dab,米酷🌒 Gub-Gub,冰淇淋🚠 the pushmi-pullyu,米酷📚 the white mouse and Jip all agreed that they found living in a houseboat post office great fun. Whenever they got tired of their floating home they would go off for picnic parties to the Island of No-Man's-Land,冰淇淋✒ which was now more often called by the name John Dolittle had given it,冰淇淋🚜 "the Animals' Paradise."
"'Ugh!' says the little girl,冰淇淋🔴 clutching her brother around the neck. 'What was that,官网✳ a spook?'
And in this war the King of Fantippo had taken many prisoners,冰淇淋📎 among whom was the woman's husband. Shortly after the war was over some white men in a ship had called at the Kingdom of Fantippo to see if they could buy slaves for tobacco plantations. And when the king heard how much money they were willing to give for black slaves he thought he would sell them the prisoners he had taken in the war.
"'I was looking for food,官网🚋' I said.Then,冰淇淋🚈 with Jip's and Dab-Dab's help,冰淇淋⬛ he constructed a very comfortable basket-work hammock out of willow wands and fastened it between two larger mangroves. Into this he climbed and drew the blanket over him. Although the trees leaned down toward the water with his weight,冰淇淋📊 they were quite strong and their bendiness acted like good bed springs.
The next night Jip was called upon for a story. And after thinking a moment he said: "All right,冰淇淋☕ I'll tell you the story of 'The Beggar's Dog.'" And the animals all settled down to listen attentively,冰淇淋🌆 because Jip had often told them stories before and they liked his way of telling them.
As Quip-the-Carrier disappeared into the distance with the Doctor's priceless pearl Dab-Dab turned to Jip and murmured:
The black men were at once freed from their chains and brought on to the man-o'-war. Then the slave ship was taken in tow by the Violet. And that was the end of Mr. Bones's slave trading."Look here,官网🚀 Jip,官网🐳" said John Dolittle,米酷⚓ "you said you got this bone from No-Man's-Land. Did you see any dragons there?"
"Yes,米酷📳" said Zuzana. "But I don't think he ever got it. Because no answer came."
"'Do you realize what that pearl means to us?'"
And during the next week the Doctor paddled the old Chief to the rocks twice a day. A great number of oysters were fished up by the cormorants and the pearls were sorted by the Doctor,官网🚁 put in little boxes and sent out to be sold. John Dolittle told the old Chief to keep the matter a secret and only to intrust the carrying to reliable men.
"Oh,米酷🙇 yes,冰淇淋👪" said the gull,米酷🎓 "it wastes a little time. But,米酷😶 you know,米酷🎑 we very seldom let ourselves get caught by a storm."