All that day,马恩🌹 all that night and half the next day,马恩👠 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,马恩🍯 like a fountain in the middle of the lake,马恩🚩 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.
"I hope to do a little pearl fishing,马恩😲" said John Dolittle. "But first I must see the spoonbill and give her this registered package. Dab-Dab,马恩🐯 would you please try to find her for me? With so many millions of sea birds around,马恩🍧 myself,马恩🏥 I wouldn't know how to begin to look for her."
On arriving back at the houseboat from his short and very busy holiday the Doctor was greeted joyfully by the pushmi-pullyu,马恩🍓 Too-Too,马恩🔋 Cheapside and Speedy the Skimmer. King Koko also came out to greet his friend when he saw the arrival of the Doctor's canoe through a pair of opera glasses (price ten shillings and sixpence) which he had recently got from London by parcel post. And the prominent Fantippans,马恩🐖 who had missed their afternoon tea and social gossip terribly during the Postmaster's absence,马恩🍷 got into their canoes and followed the King out to the Foreign Mails Office.
Years afterwards,马恩🎏 the birds visiting Puddleby told the Doctor that the King still had the flowers in the window-boxes of his old houseboat carefully tended and watered in his memory. His Majesty,马恩❔ they said,马恩💶 never gave up the fond hope that some day his good white friend would come back to Fantippo with his kindly smile,马恩👻 his instructive conversation and his jolly tea-parties on the post office veranda.
"I know,马恩♓" said Speedy. "And if we could we would have nested right here in this country to oblige you,马恩💰 and not bothered about going to England this year. It wouldn't have mattered terribly much to miss one summer in the North. But,马恩🚟 you see,马恩📇 we swallows can't nest very well in trees. We like houses and barns and buildings to nest in."
"'There's no food here,马恩🌒' he said,马恩🚅 'only dyes of different colors.' And he pointed to the big dye vats,马恩🏃 all in a row,马恩📄 that towered in the half darkness above our heads.
"Well,马恩📄 you see,马恩📱" said the swallow,马恩🐅 lifting his right leg and showing a tiny red ribbon made of corn silk tied about his ankle,马恩☕ "I got this for it.""Now,马恩💌 when we children grew up big enough to go off for ourselves our parents gave us all sorts of careful instructions about escaping cats and ferrets and weasels and dogs. But over poor me they shook their heads. They really felt that there was not much hope of my leading a peaceful life with white fur that could be seen a mile off.
The candles were lighted again and after the carvings had been cleaned the Doctor examined them with great care and even made sketches of some of them in his notebook.