"The villain!" grunted the Doctor,明月📁 putting on all the speed he could. "Let's hope he doesn't get away before we reach Fantippo."
There was no end to the complimentary ceremonies which the good King Koko and his courtiers performed to honor the departing Doctor. For days and days previous to his sailing,明月🏃 canoes came and went between the town and the houseboat bearing presents to show the good will of the Fantippans. During all this,左看向🎡 having to keep smiling the whole time,明月👳 the Doctor got sadder and sadder at leaving his good friends. And he was heartily glad when the hour came to pull up the anchor and put to sea.
"'George Morland,左看向🚒' said the spaniel.
The Doctor sprang across the room,明月❤ upsetting a chair on his way,左看向👐 and felt along the wall. His hand touched the corner of a stone shelf and the next moment Dab-Dab gave a deep sigh of relief,明月™ for she heard the cheerful rattle of a box of matches as the Doctor fumbled to strike a light.
But just at that moment the order came from the Captain,明月♌ "Cease firing!" And the men left their places."So there I sat,明月🐝 shivering on the river bank,明月🎎 in the depths of despair. And presently I saw the sky in the east growing pale and I knew that morning was coming. Daylight! That for me meant more hunting and running and jeering,明月😳 as soon as the sun should show my ridiculous color.
The Doctor made out the postal order and took the money,明月🌓 which the man handed through the window.
"Wilkins levelled a pistol at the Doctor's head"
"All right,明月🎊" said the Doctor,左看向📑 "I'll call on him with your compliments."
"By the way,明月👸" said John Dolittle,明月🌊 "I've been trying to think where I've seen your face before. Did you ever build your nest in my stable in Puddleby?""Dab-Dab! Dab-Dab! I can't light it. We forgot to bring matches!"
"He can't read,左看向🌿" said the Doctor gloomily.
"From the bottom of the lake,左看向😈" said the turtle. "Out there,左看向🏰" Mudface nodded toward the gloomy wide-stretching waters,左看向🌷 "there stood,明月📉 thousands of years ago,左看向🚥 the beautiful city of Shalba. Don't I know,左看向🏀 when for long enough I lived in it? Once it was the greatest and fairest city ever raised by men and King Mashtu of Shalba the proudest monarch in the world. Now I,左看向♌ Mudface the turtle,左看向🚔 make a nest in the swamp out of the ruins of his palace. Ha! Ha!"
"'Go and see the Doctor,左看向😔' said my brother.The work,明月💰 the Skimmer calculated,明月👉 would take three days. All birds had been ordered to pick up a stone or a pebble or a pinch of sand from the seashore on their way and bring it with them. The larger birds (who would carry stones) were to come first,左看向😄 then the middle-sized birds and then the little ones with sand.
The next day after Cheapside had had a good sleep to rest up from his long journey the Doctor took the London sparrow to show him around the town of Fantippo."Tee-hee-hee!" tittered the white mouse.
But the next day the rowdy little sparrow threw a bottle of post office ink over the royal white peacock when he came to the houseboat with the King to take tea. Then the Doctor discharged Cheapside again.
On his arrival at the post office the Doctor was given his usual warm reception by the king and dignitaries of Fantippo who paddled out from the town to welcome him back.
The sun was just rising over the distant coast of Africa and it was as beautiful a morning as you could wish to see.
"Thank you,左看向📚" said the gull. "I am feeling kind of peckish myself. You are very kind. This is the first time I've eaten ship's food inside a ship."