It was Speedy himself who woke the Doctor at dawn the next day. And while breakfast was being eaten he explained to John Dolittle the arrangements that had been made.
"They reminded him of old broken down cab horses"
One day when King Koko's pet white peacock came to the Doctor and complained that the Cockney sparrow had made faces at him over the palace wall the Doctor became quite angry and read the City Manager a long lecture.
Zuzana described to the Doctor how she had followed the white man's ship a long way out in a canoe,半岛🈲 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.
With trembling fingers the Doctor lit the candle. Then,铁盒😇 shielding the flame with his hand,官网🚴 he bounded out of the room and up the stairs.
People who have written the history of the Kingdom of Fantippo all devote several chapters to a mysterious white man who in a very short space of time made enormous improvements in the mail,官网🌼 the communications,半岛🛁 the shipping,水冷🌜 the commerce,铁盒🀄 the education and the general prosperity of the country. Indeed it was through John Dolittle's quiet influence that King Koko's reign came to be looked upon as the Golden Age in Fantippan history. A wooden statue still stands in the market-place to his memory.
"But this lady was in distress,水冷⏳" said the Doctor. "I was in such a hurry I forgot all about lighting the ship. In fact,官网🔨 it wasn't dark yet when I left.""But these oyster beds don't belong to me,官网🌃" said John Dolittle.
"The gull caught the tomato skin with a lightning lunge"
The next day,铁盒🌿 leaving Speedy,铁盒👇 Cheapside and Jip in charge of the post office,官网⛽ the Doctor got into his canoe with Dab-Dab and paddled off to take his holiday. On the way out he noticed a schooner,半岛🐰 the ship of Jack Wilkins,官网⭕ the pearl fisherman,半岛💘 at anchor near the entrance to Fantippo Harbor.
"Then the baby pig saw that the time to use the goblins' magic gift had come. And,官网🔭 rushing out into the castle garden,铁盒👑 he dug a hole and planted his piece of cucumber right in the middle of the king's best rosebed.
"Heigh ho!" sighed Jip,半岛🔬 "it's a circus for us,铁盒📗 all right."
"I suppose they get rather tired of it,官网💷 poor fellows!" murmured the Doctor.
"They'd run off with it and swallow it"
After he had told this story the old man turned away and busied himself with his canoe,铁盒🍭 as though he were afraid that the Doctor might again ask him to paddle him to the island.
So the Doctor's boat was now turned into a nesting ship for the swallows. Calmly she stood at anchor in the quiet waters of Fantippo harbor,水冷😒 while thousands and thousands of swallows built their nests in her rigging,铁盒📗 in her ventilators,半岛📷 in her portholes and in every crack and corner of her.They found an air of quiet but great excitement there. Each gunner was leaning on his gun,官网🚍 aiming it,水冷👻 watching the enemy's ship in the distance and waiting for the order to fire. The poor man who had been mobbed by his fellows was still almost in tears at his own stupid mistake.
"How does the garden look,水冷🚚 Cheapside?" asked the Doctor.