Then he strode through the prison door out into the sunlit street,地牢👅 while the frightened people fell back on either side and covered their faces,王国🚝 whispering:
"Oh,王国📘 yes,洛克🚚 indeed,宝箱💄" said the Piffilosaurus. "This island is entirely peopled by harmless,王国💽 vegetable-feeding creatures. If we had the others,宝箱🏰 of course,王国🎾 we wouldn't last long. But come,地牢✔ I will show you around the island. Let us go quietly up that valley there,宝箱💙 so we shan't be seen till we reach the cover of the woods."
"Well,王国🚃 if it's a slave ship,洛克🌻 it's not the one we're looking for,洛克❇" said the Doctor,宝箱📔 "because it's in the wrong direction. The one we're after went northward."
After a moment's thought the Captain turned to the Doctor again.After twenty minutes had gone by John Dolittle began to get worried,洛克🐌 because the Skimmer,水晶📧 with his tremendous speed,王国📙 should have had time to get there and back long ago.
"All this time I was following them secretly and noiselessly overhead. At last the children sat down and the little girl said:
"Oh,王国🐨 indeed,地牢🍄" said the bird. "And why don't the ladies in the country wear them,王国🗼 too?"
On his arrival at the post office the Doctor was given his usual warm reception by the king and dignitaries of Fantippo who paddled out from the town to welcome him back.
"Well,水晶📙 for what parts of the world do you want to know the weather,水晶🛁 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,宝箱❌ it will be a different matter. Even prophesying the weather for England would keep you busy. Myself,宝箱🍑 I never thought that the weather itself knew what it was going to do next in England."
"Where are the oyster beds around here?" asked the Doctor.
"It looks to me,宝箱💶" she said,宝箱🆔 "like the Harmattan Rocks.""So,王国👻 since I wasn't doing the children any good,水晶⛲ I went off to look up this other owl and see if he had any ideas to suggest. I found him sitting on the stump of a hollow birch,王国™ rubbing his eyes,宝箱📏 having just got out of bed.
Down by the banks of the streams the Doctor was shown great herds of hippopotami,宝箱🌾 feeding on the luscious reeds that grew at the water's edge. In the wide fields of high grass there were elephants and rhinoceri browsing. On the slopes where the forests were sparse he spied long-necked giraffes,洛克😹 nibbling from the trees. Monkeys and deer of all kinds were plentiful. And birds swarmed everywhere. In fact,宝箱👴 every kind of creature that does not eat meat was there,地牢🍇 living peaceably and happily with the others in this land where vegetable food abounded and the disturbing tread of Man was never heard.
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,水晶👏 as soon as the birds and animals realized the helpfulness of having a post office of their own they used it more and more.
"The Doctor took an armchair beside the kitchen stove"
"Now,地牢💗 it happened that I had met this George Morland,水晶😋 who was,水晶💿 and is still,洛克🆘 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,地牢🌷 pigs in stys,宝箱👰 roosters and dogs hanging around kitchen doors,王国📄 and things like that.
Later in the afternoon the gull returned and with him came the great One Eye,王国🌼 oldest of bird weather prophets.
"The Doctor gave the king a cup of China tea"
Then the Captain shook hands with the Doctor and thanked him for the great assistance he had given Her Majesty's Navy. And he asked him for his address in England,王国🙋 because he said he was going to tell the government about him and the Queen would most likely want to make him a knight or give him a medal or something. But the Doctor said he would rather have a pound of tea instead. He hadn't tasted tea in several months and the kind they had in the officers' mess was very good.
Gub-Gub fidgeted his feet,宝箱🌿 blushed up to the ears,王国📮 and finally said:
At length reaching the great glass lamp chamber at the top,水晶📉 he set down his candle and,王国💳 striking two matches at once he held one in each hand and lit the big wick in two places.