"And that is why to this day that farmer and his wife swear their cat can understand English,安吉🍀 because,交易中心📀 they say,交易中心🍰 she must have heard them when they were talking over the basket. And whenever she's in the room and they are gossiping about the neighbors,招投标📄 they always speak in whispers,安吉🎎 lest she overhear. But between you and me,交易中心🎥 she doesn't really understand a single word they say."
So the Doctor and Jip and Speedy-the-Skimmer sat down in the shade of the palm trees and for the first time plans for that great service which was to be known as the Swallow Mail were discussed.
"Confound the luck!" muttered John Dolittle.
"I have told you,安吉🚖" said the Doctor,招投标🎁 "that I don't desire any further conversation with you. Not a single pearl shall you ever get from the Harmattan Fisheries."
Then Cheapside got together a gang of his tough London sparrow friends and one night they flew into the palace garden and mobbed the white peacock and pulled three feathers out of his beautiful tail.
"Let us not listen to this forward young man. It is far better that we abide the white man's promise and see what comes. He is a man of deeds,招投标💷 not words. Did he not put the Amazons to flight with a magic mouse that lives in his pocket? Let us side with the white man and the venerable Nyam-Nyam,安吉🍱 who has ruled us with kindness for so long. Obombo would but lead us into war,交易中心🆓 and bring us to greater poverty still."
But the parent birds,交易中心♒ as soon as the young ones were able to fly,交易中心⚽ set their children to work clearing up the mess. And all that mud was taken off and dropped into the harbor,交易中心📣 piece by piece. And the Doctor's ship was left in a cleaner state than it had ever been before in its whole life.
"All right,招投标🍀" said the Doctor,交易中心🎀 "I'll call on him with your compliments."
"'What way is there?' I said. 'For me life is over!'
John Dolittle had no idea of what he meant to do. Nor was the gull himself sure that he would be in time to succeed with the plan he had in mind. But presently,交易中心😟 to his delight,安吉🚕 the seabird heard his call being answered from the rocky shores shrouded in darkness. And soon he had hundreds of his brother gulls circling round him in the night.
"The old rat laughed a quavering laugh"
"He began his great inauguration speech"
"Well,交易中心⛪ you should have seen the excitement among the people then! The owner of the watch and chain was there and he raised a terrible row. And then it came out that these dogs had been taking things from their masters' homes to hire bones with. The people were dreadfully annoyed. They closed up our bone shop and put us out of business. But they never discovered that the money we had made had gone to the beggar."Ask them to let me fire a gun. My sight is better than theirs for bad light."
"Your Majesty,安吉🚔" said the Doctor,交易中心🍗 "I have now a plan to provide your country with an excellent service of foreign mails if you will agree to what I suggest."
The Doctor,交易中心📀 annoyed and embarrassed,交易中心😼 forgot for the first time in his post office career to be polite.
After that,招投标📷 of course,招投标🔎 letters began to arrive at the houseboat for the Doctor's pets. And one morning,安吉📄 when the mail was sorted,安吉📘 there was a letter for Dab-Dab from her sister; one for the white mouse written by a cousin from the Doctor's bureau drawer; one for Jip from the collie who lived next door in Puddleby and one for Too-Too,安吉🍌 telling him he had a new family of six young ones in the rafters of the stable. But there was nothing for Gub-Gub. The poor pig was nearly in tears at being left out. And when the Doctor went into town that afternoon Gub-Gub asked could he come along.The new notice board was marked at the top Weather Reports,交易中心🐵 and would read something like this:
"But this lady was in distress,安吉🔔" said the Doctor. "I was in such a hurry I forgot all about lighting the ship. In fact,招投标🔑 it wasn't dark yet when I left."