"We married her off,关系😂" said the great creature,吉住涉🐓 nibbling idly at a lily stalk. "We couldn't stand her here,薄荷📅 any more than the King could. You never heard anybody talk so in all your life. Yes,吉住涉🚅 we carried her one dark night by sea far down the coast of Africa and left her at the palace door of a deaf king,关系🍉 who ruled over a small country south of the Congo River. He married her. Of course,关系🔍 being deaf,薄荷🅱 he didn't mind her everlasting chatter in the least."
"No,关系🍎" said the bird. "But I am the swallow that brought you the message from the monkeys that time they were sick."
Then the Doctor put down the letter and,薄荷🏀 taking his penknife,薄荷🚳 he cut the seaweed strings that neatly held the oyster shells together. And when he opened the shells he gave a gasp of astonishment."Then Morland,吉住涉🏬 all busy and excited,薄荷👇 like a schoolboy,薄荷🚔 took the beggar's chalk pictures from against the wall and,薄荷🌆 rubbing them out,薄荷🍀 did them over the way they should be done. He got so occupied with this that he didn't notice that a whole crowd of people was gathering around,吉住涉👢 watching. His work was so fine that the people were spellbound with the beauty of the cats and dogs and cows and horses that he drew. And they began asking one another in whispers who the stranger could be who was doing the pavement artist's pictures for him.
"Oh,吉住涉📆 yes,吉住涉♓" said the gull,关系👆 "it wastes a little time. But,薄荷❕ you know,薄荷😡 we very seldom let ourselves get caught by a storm."
"Oh,薄荷👠 I see,关系🔻" said the Doctor. "Like a medal,关系🏫 eh?"
"Because it has never been visited by man since the Flood,薄荷🍸" said the giant reptile. "You will be the first to see it. We who live in it boast that we bathe daily in the original water of the Flood. For before the Forty Days' Rain came it was not there,吉住涉🍀 they say. But when the Flood passed away this part of the world never dried up. And so it has remained,薄荷🌹 guarded by these wide mangrove swamps,薄荷🚖 ever since."
"His only interest in life is food,吉住涉➕ anyway,薄荷🉑" said Too-Too. "Let someone else tell a story."
Then Gub-Gub got all worked up and before anybody could stop him he had taken a plunge. The pig went down so quick and so straight he got his snout stuck in the mud at the bottom,薄荷🐤 and the Doctor,薄荷🔏 still out of breath,吉住涉🀄 had to go down after him and get him free. The animals by this time were at such a pitch of excitement that even the white mouse would have jumped in if Gub-Gub's accident hadn't changed his mind.
"I think I'll stop in at the post office before I return to Chief Nyam-Nyam's country,关系🔧" said the Doctor. "There's nothing more I can do about the pearls,吉住涉🍼 I suppose. But I'd like to see if everything else is going all right."
So,关系🚊 in spite of John Dolittle's impatience,薄荷🆔 the story was put off till the following day. For the evening meal Dab-Dab managed to scout around and gather together quite a nice mess of fresh-water shellfish and Too-Too collected some marsh berries that did very well for dessert.