In the meantime,刘某🌰 while Quip was gone,工作🈶 life went forward busily and happily at the Doctor's post office. The animals,公司🐎 Too-Too,工作🌒 Dab-Dab,工作◽ Gub-Gub,刘某▪ the pushmi-pullyu,工作🆓 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,刘某📮 which was now more often called by the name John Dolittle had given it,刘某🐩 "the Animals' Paradise."
"I'll take the pearls myself this time,工作🍃" he said to Speedy,刘某🌆 "and hand them over to the spoonbill in person. We don't want any more accidents happening to them."
As they went forward the jungle around them seemed to grow thicker and thicker all the time. But there was always this clear alley-way along the river bed. And though the stream's course did much winding and twisting,工作🐌 the going was good.
During the course of the next day's travel the country became,工作👃 as the snake had foretold,公司🐒 freer and more open. Little by little the islands grew fewer and the mangroves not so tangly. In the dreary views there was less land and more water. The going was much easier now. For miles at a stretch the Doctor could paddle,工作🚄 without the help of his guide,公司😛 in water that seemed to be quite deep. It was indeed a change to be able to look up and see a clear sky overhead once in a while,公司🌷 instead of that everlasting network of swamp trees. Across the heavens the travelers now occasionally saw flights of wild ducks and geese,公司🚎 winging their way eastward."And me,公司💪 too,工作🈚" sighed Jip. "Were there many rats in the woodshed,公司🐽 Cheapside?"
And,刘某🚸 taking down his clothes off his own head,工作🐓 the Doctor smartened up his high hat and dressed himself,公司🍀 while the strange thing that had saved their lives carried them steadily and firmly toward the mysterious island.
"They leaned over the basket of kittens,工作🌖 stroked the white cat and started talking. Now,公司♍ the cat didn't understand what they said,工作🍨 of course. But I,刘某🔴 being round the Doctor so much and discussing with him the differences between duck grammar and people's grammar,工作📲 understood every word they uttered.
"Now,刘某♒ when we children grew up big enough to go off for ourselves our parents gave us all sorts of careful instructions about escaping cats and ferrets and weasels and dogs. But over poor me they shook their heads. They really felt that there was not much hope of my leading a peaceful life with white fur that could be seen a mile off.And soon money began to pour into the country from the pearl fishing business which the Doctor had established and the people were prosperous and had all the food they wanted.
So the Doctor and Jip and Speedy-the-Skimmer sat down in the shade of the palm trees and for the first time plans for that great service which was to be known as the Swallow Mail were discussed.
Bigger and bigger grew the home-made land and soon Mudface's new estate was acres wide. Still another order from Speedy; and presently the rattling noise changed to a gentle hiss. The sky now was simply black with birds; the pebble-shower had ceased; it was raining sand. Last of all,刘某📈 the birds brought seeds: grass seeds,公司📔 the seeds of flowers,公司🎁 acorns and the kernels of palms. The turtle's new home was to be provided with turf,刘某📼 with wild gardens,公司📨 with shady avenues to keep off the African sun.
"'Great heavens,工作🚧 Doctor,工作🏪 I've gained an ounce!'"
At length reaching the great glass lamp chamber at the top,公司〽 he set down his candle and,刘某🐺 striking two matches at once he held one in each hand and lit the big wick in two places."They sat down in the shade of a palm tree"
"'We are The Cook Goblins. We live under the ground and we spend half our time inventing new things to eat and the other half in eating them. The noise you heard coming out of the hole was us singing our food hymns. We always sing food hymns whenever we are preparing particularly fine dishes.'