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,巨蟒🉐 giving him a cup of China tea,巨蟒🍈 he explained to him how Zuzana's letter had probably never been delivered to her cousin.
They only got a holiday once a year,霸王龙♎ they told John Dolittle,巨蟒🌓 when a government ship stopped near Cape Stephen and took them back to England for six weeks' vacation,霸王龙🚹 leaving two other men in their place to take care of the light while they were gone.
"And where might No-Man's-Land be?" said John Dolittle.
Inside the lighthouse the Doctor found the darkness blacker still. With hands outstretched before him,霸王龙👾 he hurried forward and the first thing he did was to stumble over a man who was lying on the floor just within the door. Without waiting to see what was the matter with him,泰坦🔒 the Doctor jumped over his body and began to grope his way up the winding stairs of the tower that led to the big lamp at the top."Well,泰坦🈂 you see,大战📭" said the swallow,霸王龙🚋 lifting his right leg and showing a tiny red ribbon made of corn silk tied about his ankle,巨蟒😼 "I got this for it."
"I'd like a saucer of milk,大战💿" said the snake.
But when he came up,泰坦▪ blowing like a seal,霸王龙🔬 he hadn't even got an oyster. All he had was a mouthful of seaweed.
"How dare you speak to me like that? I am the Emir of Ellebubu,巨蟒💭" he thundered.The excellent postal service continued after he left. The stamps with Koko's face on them were as various and as beautiful as ever. On the occasion of the first annual review of the Fantippo Merchant Fleet a very fine two-shilling stamp was struck in commemoration,大战➕ showing His Majesty inspecting his new ships through a lollipop quizzing-glass. The King himself became a stamp-collector and his album was as good as a family photo-album,霸王龙🏨 containing as it did so many pictures of himself. The only awkward incident that happened in the record of the post office which the Doctor had done so much to improve was when some ardent stamp-collectors,大战📠 wishing to make the modern stamps rare,大战📯 plotted to have the King assassinated in order that the current issues should go out of date. But the plot was happily discovered before any harm was done.
"Wilkins levelled a pistol at the Doctor's head"
"He began his great inauguration speech"
"Where is Wilkins?" he asked in a dazed,霸王龙🏣 sleepy kind of way.But soon with a flirt of the wings the famous leader made a neat circle in the darkness overhead and dropped,大战➕ light as a feather,泰坦😿 on to the Doctor's knee.
"'What ails the dog?' he murmured to himself. 'Can't be anybody drowning,泰坦♏ because there's no river near.... Oh,泰坦📺 all right,巨蟒🎲 Jip,巨蟒🍓 I'll come. Wait a second till I get these brushes cleaned.'
"Now,巨蟒😍 it happened that I had met this George Morland,霸王龙🏢 who was,霸王龙♉ and is still,霸王龙🎣 perhaps the most famous painter of farm-life pictures the world has ever known. I am proud to be able to say that I knew him. He was especially good at painting horses in stables,大战🍑 pigs in stys,大战🌜 roosters and dogs hanging around kitchen doors,大战🍷 and things like that.
"Let's see what I can do,大战🏠" said Jip. And out of the canoe jumped another pearl fisherman.
"Well,大战📱 for what parts of the world do you want to know the weather,泰坦💈 Doctor?" asked the gull. "If it's just for Fantippo or West Africa it will be easy as pie. All you ever get here is tornadoes. The rest of the year is just frying heat. But if you want to prophesy the weather for the Straits of Magellan or Nova Zembla or those countries where they have all sorts of fancy weathers,巨蟒◻ it will be a different matter. Even prophesying the weather for England would keep you busy. Myself,大战🌆 I never thought that the weather itself knew what it was going to do next in England."
And later,霸王龙😝 after the nesting was all over,泰坦✉ there were more than twice as many birds as there were before,大战😾 of course. And you simply couldn't get on to the ship for the tons and tons of mud on her.
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,泰坦😿 about an hour and a half's paddle straight out into the ocean.
From that the Doctor went on to explain to the King,泰坦👧 that much as he loved Fantippo and its people,大战🚃 he had many things to attend to in England and must now be thinking of going home. And of course as none of the natives could talk bird-language,大战👵 the Swallow Mail would have to be replaced by the ordinary kind of post office."No,泰坦🎳 of course not,大战😟" said the Doctor. "But there will be no fear of my leaving for some time yet. You could have the whole ship to yourselves and nobody will disturb you."
At last the Doctor spoke:
"But where are the rest of your people?" asked the Doctor. "I thought you said that many of you had swum out to rescue us."
Now,巨蟒🍓 it happened one day that the Doctor came to the post office,泰坦📡 as usual,霸王龙👵 at nine o'clock in the morning. (He had to get there at that time,巨蟒📠 because if he didn't the postmen didn't start working.) And outside the post office he found Jip,霸王龙🚅 gnawing a bone on the pavement. Something curious about the bone struck the Doctor,巨蟒💒 who was,大战🌻 of course,大战📲 being a naturalist,大战📙 quite a specialist in bones. He asked Jip to let him look at it.
"It's like the mountains peeping out after the Flood,巨蟒📰" Mudface muttered to the Doctor.
Overhead the thick jungle arched and hung like a tunnel of green. This was a good thing by day-time,巨蟒🎿 as it kept the sun off better than a parasol. And in the dry stretches of river bed,巨蟒🌺 where the Doctor had to carry or drag the canoe on home-made runners,霸王龙💅 the work was hard and shade something to be grateful for.