Then John Dolittle told the Captain the whole story of Zuzana and her troubles. And all the other officers on the ship gathered around to listen.
"But I've mostly led such a quiet life,电影📇 you see,电影📲" said the pushmi-pullyu. "Our people have always kept very much to themselves. We mind our own business and don't like getting mixed up in scandals and rows and adventures."
And now very soon Cheapside took entire charge of the city delivery of mails in Fantippo. Of course,电影✝ as soon as the mail began to get heavy,神话💠 when the people got the habit of writing more to their friends and relatives,神话🎽 Cheapside could not deal with all the mail himself. So he sent a message by a swallow to get fifty sparrows from the streets of London (who were,电影🍜 like himself,电影⚡ accustomed to city ways),电影🏨 to help him with the delivery of letters. And around the native holiday seasons,电影🚺 the Harvest Moon and the Coming of the Rains,电影😯 he had to send for fifty more to deal with the extra mail.
One day when King Koko's pet white peacock came to the Doctor and complained that the Cockney sparrow had made faces at him over the palace wall the Doctor became quite angry and read the City Manager a long lecture."Listen,电影🛄 Doctor,神话💸" said Jip. "You were wondering just now what to write the Cats'-Meat-Man about. Let Speedy write the letter to Cheapside in bird scribble and you inclose it in a letter to the Cats'-Meat-Man. Then when the sparrow comes to Puddleby for his summer visit the Cats'-Meat-Man can give it to him."
Indeed,神话✂ if it had not been for the giant water snake,神话🏈 to whom mangrove swamps were the easiest kind of traveling,神话🗿 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,电影🚥 although his head was out of sight most of the time in the tangled distance,电影🍞 he kept,神话😗 in the worst stretches,神话♑ 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,神话🌺 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.
"He found his mother and father still asleep when he got back. So after carefully hiding his Magic Cucumber under the floor of the cow barn,神话💐 he crept into the sty and went fast asleep."The rout of the Amazons"
This they were glad to do. And the Doctor made the tea himself and it was very excellent. Over the tea Zuzana and her husband (whose name was Begwe) were conversing about the Kingdom of Fantippo.
"Yes,神话🚞 they are devoted to those pebbles,电影🚿" said the spoonbill. "By the way,电影✈ were you able to tell me what they are? I found them,神话📚 as I wrote you,电影🆙 inside an oyster."
"'That's for you to climb out by,神话🐳 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.'
Great was the rejoicing among the Doctor's pets and the patient swallows when the news got about that John Dolittle was really going home at last. Gub-Gub and Jip could hardly wait while the last duties and ceremonies of closing the houseboat to the public and transferring the Foreign Mails Service to the office in the town were performed. Dab-Dab bustled cheerfully from morning to night while Cheapside never ceased to chatter of the glories of London,电影👙 the comforts of a city life and all the things he was going to do as soon as he got back to his beloved native haunts."I'll attend to that,电影👗" said the Doctor. "I'll see the King about it this afternoon."
And this was how the first letter was sent off by the Swallow Mail: King Koko himself came one morning and,神话📄 putting his large face in at the information window,电影🔰 asked:
"What was here before the Flood then?" asked the Doctor.
All attempts to trace the writer having failed,神话➰ the Doctor,电影🌓 after two days,电影📉 gave it up and went back to his regular work. This kept him so busy for the next week that he finally forgot all about the turtle and his mysterious letter.
"Listen,电影👅 Speedy,神话📅" said the Doctor,电影✊ "in this batch of mail we have a lot of letters for Panama. What mails have we got going out to-morrow?"
"Yes,电影📂" said Speedy,电影🈳 "that's a ship,神话👔 sure enough. I wonder if it's another slave ship."
"'Well,神话📚 it was some cat,电影😫' says the boy. 'He must be right around here somewhere,神话🍗 because he led us almost up to the door.'"That's a little idea of my own,电影🍯" said the Sparrow. "We'll 'ave one box for the bills and one for sure-enough letters. You see,神话🐉 people are so disappointed when they 'ear the postman's knock and come to the door,神话🎿 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,神话💳 one marked 'Bills,电影⬜' and the other 'Letters,电影😕' the postman can put all the bills in one box and the honest letters in the other. As I said,电影🔫 it's a little idea of my own. We might as well be real up-to-date. What do you think of it?"
"More food!" murmured Too-Too. "What did I tell you?"
"Not at all,神话🚩" said the turtle. "I'll go down and try to get you something right away."Overhead the thick jungle arched and hung like a tunnel of green. This was a good thing by day-time,电影🍵 as it kept the sun off better than a parasol. And in the dry stretches of river bed,神话🌼 where the Doctor had to carry or drag the canoe on home-made runners,神话🚾 the work was hard and shade something to be grateful for.