At length the extraordinary creature that had come to their rescue reached the island; and with Jip and the Doctor still clinging to his wide back,串烧🈴 he crawled out of the water on to the beach.
He agreed with the Doctor that the idea of a bird weather bureau was quite a possible thing and would lead to much better weather reports than had so far been possible. Then for a whole hour and a half he gave the Doctor a lecture on winds. Every word of this John Dolittle wrote down in a notebook.
The prison into which the Doctor was thrown had no windows. And John Dolittle,串烧🔰 although he had been in African prisons before,串烧🈲 was very unhappy because he was extremely particular about having fresh air. And besides,串烧⚡ his hands were firmly tied behind his back with strong rope.
"Putting the King's bicycle together"
"How does the garden look,串烧🚸 Cheapside?" asked the Doctor.
"'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.'
"Ah,串烧☎" said the gull,串烧❎ "for land weather I wouldn't be much help to you. But when it comes to the oceans,串烧😹 I know a bird who can tell you more about sea weather than any bureau ever knew."
"Is it a good story?" asked Gub-Gub.
"Villain!" was all he said between his clenched teeth.
One day when he was pulling out a loose tooth for a baby hippopotamus with his watch-chain,串烧💯 Speedy-the-Skimmer turned up,串烧🙅 looking rather annoyed.
At the end of the first day John Dolittle wanted to leave the canoe in a safe place and finish the trip on foot. But the snake said they would need it further on,串烧🐗 where there was more water and many swamps to cross.Then the Doctor and Jip went back to Fantippo,串烧🚗 carried by the piffilosaurus,串烧🈁 who landed them on the shore under cover of night,串烧🎲 so no one would see them. And in the morning John Dolittle called upon the King again.
"Where is that?" asked the Doctor.
"But these oyster beds don't belong to me,串烧😪" said John Dolittle.
"'That's for you to climb out by,串烧🌜 after you've taken a bath. For you to go abroad in Summer with a coat like yours would mean certain death. So I'm going to dye you black.'
And the poor Doctor was dragged away by the Master-at-arms toward a stair leading to the lower decks. But at the head of the stairs he caught hold of the handrail and hung on long enough to shout back to the Captain:
For many folks it would have seemed a creepy,串烧🚢 nightmary sort of country,串烧🍥 this land of the mangrove swamps. But to the Doctor,串烧🚬 for whom any kind of animal life was always companionable and good intentioned,串烧⚓ it was a most delightful new field of exploration.
The Doctor told his pet he could be very proud of himself. For he was surely the only mouse in the world that ever won a war.
"After some months I began to grow weary of the silly life I was leading. And then,串烧🎴 too,串烧🚖 the wild mice were so mean to me. They used to come around at night and point at me through the wire of my cage,串烧💝 saying:
"'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.'"Great heavens,串烧📗 Gub-Gub!" the Doctor exclaimed. "Don't you think I'm busy enough already? What do you want a parcel post for?"
And then John Dolittle,串烧📺 seeing its head for the first time,串烧🏰 cried out in great excitement:
"Look here,串烧📜 Jip,串烧🐅" said John Dolittle,串烧💶 "you said you got this bone from No-Man's-Land. Did you see any dragons there?"
"Later,串烧🚰 when I was trying to find a place to sleep,串烧🚈 all the mice I met,串烧🍗 wherever there was any light at all,串烧🆎 made fun of me and pointed at me and jeered. I was nearly in tears. Then I went down to the river,串烧🚇 hoping I might wash the dye off and so get white again. That,串烧🍷 at least,串烧🌕 would be better than the way I was now. But I washed and I swam and I rinsed,串烧🍊 all to no purpose. Water made no impression on me.
At last poor Dab-Dab,串烧💍 fully awakened,串烧🏂 understood what was the matter. And in a moment she was up and doing.
But the officer who was second in command whispered in the Captain's ear: