Nearly all of the history of Doctor Dolittle's post office took place when he was returning from a voyage to West Africa. Therefore I will begin (as soon as I have told you a little about how he came to take the journey) from where he turned his ship towards home again and set sail for Puddleby-on-the-Marsh.
The Doctor,📄 on hearing this,📑 felt glad that he had already got the pink pearls safely off to their owner by registered mail. Then he told the King that he hoped shortly to take a holiday because he was overworked and needed a rest. The King asked where he was going,📡 and the Doctor said he thought of taking a week's canoe trip up the coast toward the Harmattan Rocks.
"'Oh,🔖 I think this is an awful place!'"
"Because it has never been visited by man since the Flood,🏥" 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,📠 they say. But when the Flood passed away this part of the world never dried up. And so it has remained,🏯 guarded by these wide mangrove swamps,👤 ever since.""'Ulloa,📱 Doctor,🚕 'ere we are again! What ho! The old firm! Who would 'ave thought you'd come to this?"
At last,🚿 with a roar of rage,🌿 the Doctor grabbed up a rock from the ground as big as a chair and banged it with all his might against the lock of the lighthouse door. With a crash the door flew open and the Doctor sprang within.
"'Good evening,📣' says I. 'It's a fine night!'
"I'll teach you to leave Noah's arks at anchor on the high seas for the navy to bump into,🐗 my fine deep-sea philanderer! Think the shipping laws are made for a joke? Here,👇" he turned to the sailor,🚜 who had come in answer to his call,📄 "Master-at-arms,👪 put this man under arrest."
And in ten days' time he went to the prison,🔎 as he had said,👩 to gloat over the terrible fate of the white man. Many of his ministers and generals came with him to help him gloat. But when the prison door was opened,🍂 instead of seeing the white man's body stretched upon the floor,🍺 the Emir found the Doctor smiling on the threshold,📙 shaved and hearty and all spruced up. The only difference in his appearance was that with no exercise in prison he had grown slightly stouter and rounder.
"Then Morland,✂ all busy and excited,😰 like a schoolboy,🔌 took the beggar's chalk pictures from against the wall and,♎ rubbing them out,👊 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,🚻 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.
After hanging around a while they paddled back and told the Emir that they could find no more pearl oysters on the rocks. He sent them out to look again; but they returned with the same report.