"Oh,龙之⌛ yes,中文版🚊 indeed,龙之📙" said the Piffilosaurus. "This island is entirely peopled by harmless,龙之🍩 vegetable-feeding creatures. If we had the others,中文版📙 of course,中文版🐂 we wouldn't last long. But come,龙之🌹 I will show you around the island. Let us go quietly up that valley there,龙之💟 so we shan't be seen till we reach the cover of the woods."
"And,龙之🔍 sure enough,龙之😧 he had hardly said the words before all over the king's garden parsnips began springing up thick and fast. Even the gravel walks were covered with them.
Overhead the thick jungle arched and hung like a tunnel of green. This was a good thing by day-time,龙之😍 as it kept the sun off better than a parasol. And in the dry stretches of river bed,中文版🍅 where the Doctor had to carry or drag the canoe on home-made runners,龙之📴 the work was hard and shade something to be grateful for.
The educational side of the Doctor's post office was a very important one and it grew all the time. As he had said to the Skimmer at the beginning,龙之🦋 as soon as the birds and animals realized the helpfulness of having a post office of their own they used it more and more."Well anyway thank goodness she rose in time!" said the Doctor,龙之© shaking the water out of his ears. "I was never so near drowning in my life. I suppose I'd better make myself a little more presentable before she gets her head out of water."
So off they went. And when they had come to the best place on the shore the Doctor took off his clothes and,中文版🐣 tying them up in a bundle,龙之🔇 he fastened them on his head,龙之🔒 with the precious high hat on the top of all. Then he waded into the surf and,中文版📢 with Jip beside him,中文版📯 started swimming for the island.
"How very interesting!" said the Doctor. "Naturalists have thought your kind of animals are no longer living,龙之🐗 you know. You are Quiffenodochi,龙之✂ are you not?"
Indeed,龙之😾 if it had not been for the giant water snake,中文版🔦 to whom mangrove swamps were the easiest kind of traveling,龙之🐀 they would never have been able to make their way forward. But their guide went on ahead of them for hundreds of yards to lead the way through the best openings and to find the passages where the water was deep enough to float a canoe. And,龙之🙋 although his head was out of sight most of the time in the tangled distance,龙之😡 he kept,中文版🍎 in the worst stretches,龙之🍔 a firm hold on the canoe by taking a turn about the bowpost with his tail. And whenever they were stuck in the mud he would contract that long,中文版🔖 muscular body of his with a jerk and yank the canoe forward as though it had been no more than a can tied on the end of a string.
"How do they do it?" asked Gub-Gub.
Then when King Koko had got his mail-men,中文版📶 the Royal Fantippo post office began really working. Letters were collected from the boxes at street corners and sent off when ships called; and incoming mail was delivered at the doors of the houses in Fantippo three times a day. The post office became the busiest place in town.
"I'll go out with her,中文版🚠 Doctor,中文版📈" said Dab-Dab,龙之🍃 "and do a little fishing on my own account. I can dive pretty deep,中文版🔆 though I'm not a regular diving duck. Maybe I can get some pearls for you."
"And,中文版💇 then,龙之®" Speedy went on,龙之💮 "nearly all other kinds of birds have a sign language of their own. For example,中文版💿 the kingfishers have a way of marking the trees along the river to show where good fishing is to be found. And thrushes have signs,中文版🍩 too; one I've often seen on stones,中文版📎 which means 'Crack your snail shells here.' That's so the thrushes won't go throwing their snail shells all over the place and scare the live snails into keeping out of sight."
"John Dolittle saw him snooping around the post office"
Mudface's landing on his new home was quite an occasion. The Doctor paddled out alongside of him till they reached the island. Until he set foot on it,中文版🎷 John Dolittle himself had not realized what a large piece of ground it was. It was more than a quarter of a mile across. Round in shape,龙之📞 it rose gently from the shores to the flat centre,龙之🏭 which was a good hundred feet above the level of the lake.
CHAPTER VIIBut while the Doctor was still thanking the Chief for the beautiful present,龙之🐏 Quip-the-Carrier flew up with a letter for him.
"They sat down in the shade of a palm tree"
Then the Doctor and Jip went back to Fantippo,龙之⌛ carried by the piffilosaurus,龙之🚹 who landed them on the shore under cover of night,中文版🎾 so no one would see them. And in the morning John Dolittle called upon the King again.
"Why do you call it the Secret Lake?" asked the Doctor.
"'What's that for?' I asked."I know!" cried Jip. "It's the dragon! This is King Kakaboochi's mother-in-law we're sitting on!"