"He can't read,宝是📡" said the Doctor gloomily.
Then the white mouse,东西🍹 who was watching the show from the Doctor's shoulder,车来🎌 whispered in his ear:
"So,宝是🐃 without letting the spaniel see that I was following him,宝是🐇 I went after him,宝是👵 to see where he was going.
"'What doctor?'" I asked.
"The English climate's all right,车来🙏" put in Cheapside,车来🈷 his feathers ruffling up for a fight. "Don't you get turning up your long nautical nose at England,什么😱 my lad. What do you call this 'ere? A climate? Well,宝是🔌 I should call it a Turkish bath. In England we like variety in our climate. And we get it. That's why Englishmen 'ave such 'earty red faces. 'Ere the poor creatures turn black."
Overhead the thick jungle arched and hung like a tunnel of green. This was a good thing by day-time,什么💒 as it kept the sun off better than a parasol. And in the dry stretches of river bed,车来🚚 where the Doctor had to carry or drag the canoe on home-made runners,宝是🚉 the work was hard and shade something to be grateful for.
After he had told this story the old man turned away and busied himself with his canoe,宝是📌 as though he were afraid that the Doctor might again ask him to paddle him to the island.Dawn was beginning to show before they came in sight of the ship they sought. This made approaching the schooner without being seen extremely difficult. And the Doctor went all the way around the Island of No-Man's-Land,宝是🉑 so as to come upon the ship from the other side,什么🚖 where he would not have to cross so large an open stretch of sea.
And now the Doctor set out with his animals and the old Chief to return to Nyam-Nyam's country from the land where he had been imprisoned. On the way they kept meeting with groups of the Chief's people who were still hiding in the jungle. These were told the glad tidings of the Emir's promise. When they learned that their land was now free and safe again the people joined the Doctor's party for the return journey. And long before he came in sight of the village John Dolittle looked like a conquering general coming back at the head of an army,东西🍊 so many had gathered to him on the way.
"Well,宝是🚮" said the Doctor,什么👬 "I'll tell it,东西🎎 and then you can decide for yourself. Stop fidgeting,什么🆘 now,什么👊 and let me begin. It's getting late."
"Lor' bless us!" muttered Cheapside. "What a wonderful piano-mover 'e would make to be sure! Great Carter Patterson! Does 'e think the Doctor's goin' to 'ang that on 'is watch-chain?"
"In introducing one well-bred pig to another should you say 'Miss Virginia Ham,东西🏮 "meet" Mr. Frank Footer,东西😠' or 'Get acquainted?'
"I think I'd like to try a hand at diving myself,宝是🎑" said the Doctor,车来🚰 "if the water is not too deep. I used to be quite good at fishing up sixpences from the bottom of the swimming pool when I was a boy."
So the Doctor's letter was written and addressed to Matthew Mugg,宝是☎ Esquire,宝是🏊 Cats' Meat Merchant,东西🍊 Puddleby-on-the-Marsh,宝是🌕 Slopshire,宝是💎 England. And it was sent off by Quip-the-Carrier.
"I wonder,宝是📤" said the Doctor. "They do say he is a most unscrupulous customer. Well,什么💞 there's nothing for it,什么🍵 I suppose,宝是🍐 but that I should paddle back to Fantippo right away and try to find him. The post office is responsible for the loss of registered mail,什么🔪 and if Mr. Wilkins took those pearls I'm going to get them back again. But after this we will make it a post office rule that carriers of registered mail may not talk to their sisters or anyone else while on duty."The white mouse paused a moment in his story,车来🚟 as though overcome with emotion. Presently he went on:
PEARLS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
"Well,宝是📗 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.
Zuzana described to the Doctor how she had followed the white man's ship a long way out in a canoe,宝是💋 imploring them to give her back her husband. But they had only laughed at her and gone on their way. And their ship had soon passed out of sight.ZUZANA
"Doctor,车来📈" said she,宝是👠 "if the lighthouse keeper is in there at all he must be sick,宝是🌹 or something. I hammered on the windows,车来⚓ but nobody answered."
"'Look at the tame white mouse! Tee-hee-hee! A plaything for children! Good little mousey! Come and have 'ims facey washed!' The stupid little idiots!