"No,桃红📷" said the bird. "But I am the swallow that brought you the message from the monkeys that time they were sick."
"But I don't understand,续集💳" said John Dolittle. "I thought Wilkins had made off with them."
"The Doctor took an armchair beside the kitchen stove"
Cheapside was a wonderful bird. But it seemed as though he just couldn't go a whole month without being rude to somebody. The Doctor said it was in his nature.
"How far off the rocks is the ship now?" asked the gull.
Full daylight had not yet come and the light from a lamp could be seen palely shining up the stairs which led to the cabin. The Doctor slid forward like a shadow,全集📝 tiptoed his way down the stairs and peered through the partly opened door."What's that?" asked Gub-Gub,电视剧🚑 pointing to the thermometer.
"I don't know what I'll say to him. I'll see when I get there,桃红🎎" said John Dolittle. "But we must be very careful how we approach,电视剧✈ so that he doesn't see us coming. If he should pull up his anchor and sail away we would never be able to overtake him by canoe."
THE ANIMALS' PARADISE
Then he took them to the great ship,全集🏬 which was sailing calmly onward toward the rocks and destruction. And there,电视剧👚 going forward to where the helmsman held the spokes of the wheel and watched the compass swinging before him in the light of a little,电视剧💐 dim lamp,续集💽 the gulls started dashing themselves into the wheelman's face and covering the glass of the compass,全集✉ so he could not steer the ship.
Nobody thought,全集💺 not even John Dolittle himself,桃红🐾 when the Swallow Mail was first started,续集🚅 what a tremendous system it would finally grow into and what a lot of happenings and ideas would come about through it.
"That's a little idea of my own,续集🍍" said the Sparrow. "We'll 'ave one box for the bills and one for sure-enough letters. You see,续集✏ people are so disappointed when they 'ear the postman's knock and come to the door,全集🚦 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,电视剧🔉 one marked 'Bills,电视剧📕' and the other 'Letters,续集📨' the postman can put all the bills in one box and the honest letters in the other. As I said,电视剧🔲 it's a little idea of my own. We might as well be real up-to-date. What do you think of it?"
The Doctor squirmed his arms and wrists and presently his hands were free.
"A1,电视剧🔱" said the sparrow. "Weeds in the paths,全集💷 o' course. But the iris under the kitchen window looked something lovely,全集📨 they did.""Where is Wilkins?" he asked in a dazed,电视剧😊 sleepy kind of way.
"Oh,续集📘 excuse me,续集🙅" said the Captain,电视剧🏆 his manner changing at once. "Master-at-arms,全集👳 release the prisoner."
The lighthouse keepers were sorry to have the Doctor go and they wouldn't let him leave till he promised to come and take dinner with them next Sunday.
One morning in the first week of the return voyage when John Dolittle and his animals were all sitting at breakfast round the big table in the cabin,桃红🚂 one of the swallows came down and said that he wanted to speak to the Doctor.The Doctor span the penny and it came down tails.
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,桃红📖 to his delight,全集📜 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.Nearly all of the history of Doctor Dolittle's post office took place when he was returning from a voyage to West Africa. Therefore I will begin (as soon as I have told you a little about how he came to take the journey) from where he turned his ship towards home again and set sail for Puddleby-on-the-Marsh.
"How do you mean?" asked John Dolittle.