For some time after the turtle finished no one spoke. Even the irreverent Cheapside was silent. Little bits of stars,恐怖🐁 dimmed by the light of a half-full moon,分子💽 twinkled like tiny eyes in the dim blue dome that arched across the lake. Away off somewhere among the tangled mangroves an owl hooted from the swamp and Too-Too turned his head quickly to listen. Dab-Dab,击毙🍱 the economical housekeeper,恐怖🚁 seeing the Doctor close his notebook and put away his pencil,击毙✈ blew out the candle.
"They did,恐怖👋" said the Piffilosaurus. "But they kept hidden under the water,击毙📑 lest the natives on the shore should see and get to know that the old story about the dragon's mother-in-law wasn't true. While I was bringing you here they were swimming all around you under the water,恐怖🔕 ready to help if I needed them. They have gone around to the secret cove so they may come ashore unseen. We had better be going on ourselves now. Whatever happens,分子📥 we mustn't be seen from the shore and have the natives coming here. It would be the end of us if that should ever happen,恐怖➗ because,分子💪 between ourselves,击毙🌻 although they think us so terrible,分子📡 we are really more harmless than sheep."
But presently the Doctor noticed that after they had licked the gum off the stamps,分子🍌 the customers would bring them back and want to exchange them for money again. Now,恐怖🦋 it is a rule that all post offices have to exchange their own stamps,击毙🍱 when asked,击毙🌰 for the price paid for them. So long as they are not torn or marked it doesn't matter whether the gum has been licked off or not. So the Doctor saw that he would have to change his kind of gum if he wanted to keep stamps that would stick.
The Doctor was introduced to all the chief men of the Fantippo nation and later he was taken to see the post office.Suddenly an officer shouted "Fire!" And with a crash that shook the ship from stem to stern eight big cannon balls went whistling out across the water.
"If you don't make the birds work for me I'll give orders that you get no food,分子🐩" said the Emir. "You shall be starved to death."
"There doesn't seem to be anything very hopeful there,恐怖💒" said the Doctor.
Then King Koko again begged him to take charge of the post office and try to get it running in proper order. And the Doctor said he would see what he could do. And,恐怖😭 going into the post office,分子📏 he took off his coat and set to work.PEARLS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS