But while the Doctor was still thanking the Chief for the beautiful present,红脸🌘 Quip-the-Carrier flew up with a letter for him.
The next morning the Doctor was up early. After a light breakfast (it was impossible to get any other kind in that poverty-stricken country) he asked Nyam-Nyam the way to the Harmattan Rocks and the Chief told him they were just beyond sight from here,面瘫👴 about an hour and a half's paddle straight out into the ocean.
"Putty is poisonous,红脸🍉" said the Doctor. "They appreciate the beauty of the pearls. Let them have them. But,红脸🍩" he added to the mother spoonbill,红脸📞 "if you know where any more are to be found I should be glad to know.""We married her off,红脸👠" said the great creature,红脸🎡 nibbling idly at a lily stalk. "We couldn't stand her here,红脸🚘 any more than the King could. You never heard anybody talk so in all your life. Yes,面瘫🉐 we carried her one dark night by sea far down the coast of Africa and left her at the palace door of a deaf king,红脸🐏 who ruled over a small country south of the Congo River. He married her. Of course,红脸🐶 being deaf,面瘫💘 he didn't mind her everlasting chatter in the least."
Then when the excitement had died down and the villagers had gone peacefully to their homes,面瘫⌚ the Doctor told the old Chief of the wealth that lay waiting for him in the oysters of the Harmattan Rocks. And the cormorant agreed to oblige John Dolittle by getting a number of his relatives to do pearl fishing for these people,红脸👮 who were so badly in need of money and food.
Paddling very,面瘫⚠ very softly,红脸🍰 he managed to get the canoe right under the bow of the ship. Then,面瘫💪 tying his own craft so it couldn't float away,红脸🚵 he swarmed up the schooner's anchor chain and crept on to the boat on hands and knees.
"That's a little idea of my own,红脸🔬" said the Sparrow. "We'll 'ave one box for the bills and one for sure-enough letters. You see,红脸🌱 people are so disappointed when they 'ear the postman's knock and come to the door,红脸🏭 expecting to find a nice letter from a friend or news that money's been left them and all they get is a bill from the tailor. But if we have two boxes on each door,红脸🗻 one marked 'Bills,面瘫🈸' and the other 'Letters,红脸🚞' the postman can put all the bills in one box and the honest letters in the other. As I said,红脸🍂 it's a little idea of my own. We might as well be real up-to-date. What do you think of it?""Dab-Dab looked over his shoulder"
Then he strode through the prison door out into the sunlit street,红脸🌘 while the frightened people fell back on either side and covered their faces,红脸📔 whispering:
"Oh,面瘫🏨 indeed!" said John Dolittle. "Tell me more about it." And he pulled a notebook out of his pocket and started to write.At last John Dolittle,面瘫🏫 who for his size,红脸📞 was a very powerful wrestler,红脸☎ got the pearl fisherman in a grip of iron where he couldn't move at all. But just as the Doctor was forcing the pistol out of his enemy's hand,面瘫🐝 one of the other men,红脸🐰 who had been aroused by the noise of the fight,面瘫🏪 woke up. And,红脸😔 leaning out of his bunk from behind the Doctor's back,面瘫❎ he hit him a tremendous blow on the head with a bottle. Stunned and senseless,面瘫🙋 John Dolittle fell over in a heap and lay still upon the floor.
"Now,红脸🐰" said the Doctor,面瘫🔪 closing the window,红脸👮 "what can I do for you?"
"I jabbed the watchman"
At last poor Dab-Dab,面瘫👙 fully awakened,面瘫😽 understood what was the matter. And in a moment she was up and doing.
Slowly and smoothly,面瘫🚰 like some unbelievable monster of former days,红脸📮 the turtle moved his great bulk across his little island and slid himself into the lake without splashing or disturbance of any kind. Only a gentle swirling in the water showed where he had disappeared.
"'All we eat is bananas'""But these oyster beds don't belong to me,面瘫🚡" said John Dolittle.
"Oh,面瘫😷 yes,面瘫💙" said the Doctor. "I know the island you mean. It's only a short distance from the mainland. But I hadn't heard that that was the name of it. Humph! If you'll lend me this bone a while,红脸😽 Jip,红脸🐣 I think I'll go to see the King about it."
But the second in command plucked him by the sleeve and pointed across the water. Speedy's cannon ball had cut the slaver's mainmast clean in two and brought the sails down in a heap upon the deck!
"Well,红脸🐫 you see,面瘫🏭" said John Dolittle,红脸🙈 "I think we might,红脸👧 because we could use the mail service for the birds themselves,红脸🐜 and the animals,红脸🍅 too,面瘫☎ to send their letters by,面瘫🛂 as well as the Fantippans."But soon with a flirt of the wings the famous leader made a neat circle in the darkness overhead and dropped,红脸📞 light as a feather,红脸🎽 on to the Doctor's knee.
Then the Doctor and Zuzana started to paddle their canoe for all they were worth in the direction of the light. The night was calm,红脸📗 but the long swell of the ocean swung the little canoe up and down like a seesaw and it needed all Zuzana's skill to keep it in a straight line.
"I want a postal order for ten shillings,面瘫💁" said the man. "I am going to send some money to my sick wife.""With a howl of superstitious fright,红脸👣 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."