Then the Doctor put down the letter and,第一线🔗 taking his penknife,麦菜🚡 he cut the seaweed strings that neatly held the oyster shells together. And when he opened the shells he gave a gasp of astonishment.
"A speaking tube!" the white mouse interrupted. "How was it used? I don't understand."
"I've brought you this letter,麦菜👩" said the snake. "It's from the turtle. He is wondering why he got no answer to his first."
"Give me that letter,麦菜🐁 Doctor. We'll show him."
"I'll go out with her,麦菜♎ Doctor,健康👩" said Dab-Dab,健康🚓 "and do a little fishing on my own account. I can dive pretty deep,健康🚨 though I'm not a regular diving duck. Maybe I can get some pearls for you."
"The young ones were with her"
"'I'm sorry,第一线🌍' I said,健康⭕ 'but there's a couple of children over in the hollow there who've got lost. The little silly duffers are sitting on the ground,健康🔤 bawling because the daylight's gone and they don't know what to do.'
The prison into which the Doctor was thrown had no windows. And John Dolittle,麦菜😌 although he had been in African prisons before,健康🐵 was very unhappy because he was extremely particular about having fresh air. And besides,第一线🌙 his hands were firmly tied behind his back with strong rope.Some weeks later the Doctor received this letter from a farmer in Lincolnshire:
On the third day of travel this river bed led them into an entirely new and different kind of country. If you have never been in a mangrove swamp,第一线🔯 it is difficult to imagine what it looks like. It was mournful scenery. Flat bog land,第一线🔖 full of pools and streamlets,健康🔑 dotted with tufts of grass and weed,第一线🚐 tangled with gnarled roots and brambling bushes,第一线☝ spread out for miles and miles in every direction. It reminded the Doctor of some huge shrubbery that had been flooded by heavy rains. No large trees were here,健康🚧 such as they had seen in the jungle lower down. Seven or eight feet above their heads was as high as the mangroves grew and from their thin boughs long streamers of moss hung like gray,麦菜🎣 fluttering rags.
"Dear Doctor: I am sending you,健康🎻 inclosed,麦菜🍣 some pretty pebbles which I found the other day while cracking open oysters. I never saw pebbles of this color before,第一线💈 though I live by the seashore and have been opening shellfish all my life. My husband says they're oyster's eggs. But I don't believe it. Would you please tell me what they are? And be careful to send them back,麦菜📧 because my children use them as playthings and I have promised them they shall have them to keep."
They sailed away down to the south coast of the Bight of Benin. There they visited many African kingdoms and strange tribes. And while they were ashore the pushmi-pullyu had a chance to wander freely through his old grazing grounds. And he enjoyed his holiday thoroughly.
Dab-Dab,麦菜♒ Too-Too and Cheapside did not,第一线🙅 of course,麦菜🙀 bother to sit in the canoe. They found flying from tree to tree a much easier way to travel. But in one of these jerky pulls which the snake gave on his living towline,麦菜🎉 the Doctor and Jip were left sitting in the mud as the canoe was actually yanked from under them. This so much amused the vulgar Cheapside,麦菜🍩 who was perched in a mangrove tree above their heads,麦菜💪 that he suddenly broke the solemn silence of the swamp by bursting into noisy laughter.As soon as their backs were turned Speedy jumped on top of one of the guns and,麦菜♐ straddling his short,麦菜📋 white legs apart,健康💷 he cast his beady little black eyes along the aiming sights. Then with his wings he signaled to the Doctor behind him to swing the gun this way and that,第一线⚠ so as to aim it the way he wanted.
"'Look! Look what you've done to me now!' I cried. 'It isn't even a navy blue. You've made me just hideous!'
"Well,第一线🐕 if it's a slave ship,第一线🌴 it's not the one we're looking for,健康🔨" said the Doctor,健康🏰 "because it's in the wrong direction. The one we're after went northward."
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"Then you should have seen those poor children jump!"And we've got the pearls,第一线📨 too,健康😕" cried Too-Too. "They're in the stamp drawer and Jip is guarding them."
"'We are The Cook Goblins. We live under the ground and we spend half our time inventing new things to eat and the other half in eating them. The noise you heard coming out of the hole was us singing our food hymns. We always sing food hymns whenever we are preparing particularly fine dishes.'
"He has gone northward,第一线🍓" said the Doctor. "But your ship is fast and should be able to overtake him. If he hides in some of these bays and creeks I have several birds here with me who can,麦菜📍 as soon as it is light,麦菜🔗 seek him out for us and tell us where he is."
"'Good evening,健康😒' says I. 'It's a fine night!'
"So off I went across the moonlit snow and the blinking owls on the roof of the dyeing shed never spotted me. Against the whiteness I was nearly invisible. I felt quite proud. At last my white fur was coming in handy.
Presently Dab-Dab could be heard messing about in the mud below,麦菜😈 bravely trying to get breakfast ready under difficult conditions.
"Great heavens,第一线🏪 Doctor,麦菜🍗 I've gained an ounce! I'll never be able to fly in the races again. Look,麦菜📎 it says four and a half ounces!"