Late that same afternoon the Doctor returned to Chief Nyam-Nyam's village. And with him he took the cormorant as well as Dab-Dab and his animals.
On arriving back at the houseboat from his short and very busy holiday the Doctor was greeted joyfully by the pushmi-pullyu,📫 Too-Too,🏪 Cheapside and Speedy the Skimmer. King Koko also came out to greet his friend when he saw the arrival of the Doctor's canoe through a pair of opera glasses (price ten shillings and sixpence) which he had recently got from London by parcel post. And the prominent Fantippans,👪 who had missed their afternoon tea and social gossip terribly during the Postmaster's absence,🏩 got into their canoes and followed the King out to the Foreign Mails Office.
"I had admired their spirit greatly in punishing a boy so much bigger than they were. And when they wandered off by themselves,📡 again out of curiosity,🍂 I followed them. Well,🎥 they traveled quite a distance for such small folk. And presently the sun set and darkness began to creep over the woods.Now,🚳 Speedy-the-Skimmer,🌋 as soon as the race had begun,🏣 had come on to the warship to take a rest. And he happened to be talking to the Doctor when the order to man the guns came down from the Captain. So the Doctor and Speedy went below to watch the guns being fired.
So the Doctor got talking to the King and he told him in plain language that he ought to be ashamed of his post office. Then,🍎 giving him a cup of China tea,🐸 he explained to him how Zuzana's letter had probably never been delivered to her cousin.
But,📀 alas! when he turned again to the letter to see where the turtle lived,🌿 he could find nothing to give a clue to his whereabouts! The mysterious writer who had seen the Flood,⏰ Noah and the Ark had forgotten to give his address!
It was Speedy himself who woke the Doctor at dawn the next day. And while breakfast was being eaten he explained to John Dolittle the arrangements that had been made."And not a bite to eat shall you ever have till I do,⛽" the Emir yelled.
"Jip hung up the sign"
"Certainly. So could any cormorant."
She told him it was half an hour ago. Without her husband,🙈 she said,◾ life meant nothing to her,📙 and when the ship had passed from view,💳 going northward along the coast,🦢 she had burst into tears and just let the canoe drift,🏮 not even having the heart to paddle back to land.