It was a great day at the Doctor's post office when Cheapside,李芸蓁🚑 the London sparrow,李芸蓁⌛ arrived from Puddleby to look after the city deliveries for Fantippo.
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Then the Emir flew into a terrible passion."What was here before the Flood then?" asked the Doctor.
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For some time after the turtle finished no one spoke. Even the irreverent Cheapside was silent. Little bits of stars,李芸蓁🍍 dimmed by the light of a half-full moon,李芸蓁♈ twinkled like tiny eyes in the dim blue dome that arched across the lake. Away off somewhere among the tangled mangroves an owl hooted from the swamp and Too-Too turned his head quickly to listen. Dab-Dab,李芸蓁📐 the economical housekeeper,李芸蓁💅 seeing the Doctor close his notebook and put away his pencil,李芸蓁💐 blew out the candle.
Then Jip barked his loudest,李芸蓁🔒 hoping that possibly Dab-Dab might hear him on the mainland and fly out and bring help. But,李芸蓁🐍 of course,李芸蓁📝 they were much too far from the town for anyone to hear.