By this time all the animals had heard Cheapside arriving and they came rushing in to see the traveler and to hear the news of Puddleby and England.
At the head of the kitchen steps he met the seagull coming into the lighthouse with two companions.
Then he took them to the great ship,翻译💽 which was sailing calmly onward toward the rocks and destruction. And there,原文😈 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,读音👱 dim lamp,翻译✍ the gulls started dashing themselves into the wheelman's face and covering the glass of the compass,原文🔤 so he could not steer the ship.
"Then the father swings his lantern around,读音📱 looking for a cat; and before I had time to hop away he throws the light full on me,读音🔩 sitting on a sage bush.
CAPE STEPHEN LIGHT
"The Doctor was washing his face in the lake"
The tremendous animal which the Fantippans had called a dragon had now climbed right up the beach and was standing fully revealed in all his strangeness. At first he looked like some curious mixture between a crocodile and a giraffe. He had short,读音📠 spreading legs,翻译👑 but enormously long tail and neck. On his head were two stubby little horns.
"Of course,读音🔌 there's Sarah,原文🍘" the Doctor went on puffing at his pipe dreamily. "Poor dear Sarah! I wonder whom she married. But there you are,读音🚲 I haven't her address. So I can't write to Sarah. And I don't suppose any of my old patients would want to hear from me."
"They are very fond of acorns,翻译📘" said Speedy.
"When I had brought the children right up to this house their mother and father made a tremendous fuss,原文🚷 weeping over them,原文🌝 as though they had been saved from some terrible danger. In my opinion grown-up humans are even more stupid than the young ones. You'd think,原文🌾 from the way that mother and father carried on,原文💰 that those children had been wrecked on a desert island or something,翻译🌔 instead of spending a couple of hours in the pleasant woods.
"And what on earth is an invalid?" cried the pushmi-pullyu."The houseboat post office of No-Man's-Land"
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.
"Oh,原文😵 excuse me,读音📎" said the Captain,原文🐂 his manner changing at once. "Master-at-arms,翻译💤 release the prisoner."
"That's the 'Elephants' March,翻译📐'" said the turtle. "They always played it at the Royal Circus of Shalba for the elephants' procession."
And the frightened minister moved back among the crowd so the Doctor's evil gaze could not fall upon his face.But the officer who was second in command whispered in the Captain's ear:
"Good morning,读音🀄" said the Doctor,翻译🌲 cracking open the top of a hard-boiled egg. "What can I do for you?"
Well,翻译🚢 everyone in turn,读音🌰 the pushmi-pullyu,翻译🏠 Cheapside,读音🌿 Too-Too,原文💑 Quip-the-Carrier,翻译📫 all the swallows,原文😶 any stray birds who were living in the neighborhood,读音🔫 even a pair of rats who had taken up their residence in the houseboat,读音👄 were cross-examined by the Doctor or Speedy."Now's your chance,读音📡 Doctor!" yelled the duck.
"Whazhat?" said Dab-Dab,读音🔻 sleepily opening her eyes. "Stove's gone out?"
"And that,原文🍀 John Dolittle,原文🌾 is the end of the story of the Flood by one who saw it with his own eyes."
All that day,原文📠 all that night and half the next day,读音💷 this continued. At last about noon on the morrow the sound of the falling stones began to change. The great mound of seething white water,翻译🍢 like a fountain in the middle of the lake,原文📍 disappeared; and in its place a black spot showed. The noise of splashing changed to the noise of stone rattling on stone. The top of the island had begun to show.
Such a roaring trade was done in this way that the King set the stamp printing presses to work more busily than ever,原文🍺 so that a whole new set of Fantippo stamps should be ready for sale by the time the same ship called again on her way home to England.