"About three weeks would be my guess,罗和💯" whispered Cheapside. "Turtles do everything slow. Something tells me that story is the longest story in the world,哪个📄 Doctor. Let's get a nap and a bite to eat first. We can hear it just as well to-morrow."
Great was the rejoicing among the Doctor's pets and the patient swallows when the news got about that John Dolittle was really going home at last. Gub-Gub and Jip could hardly wait while the last duties and ceremonies of closing the houseboat to the public and transferring the Foreign Mails Service to the office in the town were performed. Dab-Dab bustled cheerfully from morning to night while Cheapside never ceased to chatter of the glories of London,罗和🏫 the comforts of a city life and all the things he was going to do as soon as he got back to his beloved native haunts.
"A ship!" cried the Doctor.
It was four o'clock in the afternoon when the King brought that letter to the Doctor. And when His Majesty woke up in the morning and came down to breakfast there was the answer to it lying beside his plate!
"That's the main trouble with sailors,菲戈👮 Doctor. They don't know winds the way they ought. They can tell a northeast wind from a west wind. And a strong one from a weak one. And that's about all. But when you've spent most of your life,厉害🆘 the way we have,哪个🍔 flying among the winds,厉害👳 using them to climb on,罗和🌠 to swoop on and to hover on,厉害🆔 you get to know that there's a lot more to a wind besides its direction and its strength. How often it puffs upward or downward,罗和🎊 how often it grows weak or grows strong,厉害💻 will tell you,菲戈🌗 if you know the science of winds,罗和🈺 a whole lot."
When Dab-Dab roused the party next morning the sun was shining through the mist upon the lake doing its best to brighten up the desolate scenery around them.
"A never-ending stream of big birds"
And he handed the keeper a large cup of steaming coffee.
Then he turned to the prison guards,哪个🗼 gave instructions that the Doctor was not to be fed till further orders and stalked out. The door slammed shut with a doleful clang and after one decent breath of fresh air the Doctor was left in the darkness of his stuffy dungeon.
"Well,菲戈☔ we got chatting,哪个🚭 the way people do,厉害🚜 and I found out that the cat lived at a farmer's house about a quarter of a mile down the Oxenthorpe Road. Then I walked part of the way home with her,罗和📝 still chatting,罗和🎰 and I found that she was a very agreeable individual. I told her about the rats in the stable and the difficulty I had in making them behave,罗和😧 because the Doctor wouldn't allow any one to kill them. And she said,厉害🐗 if I wished,厉害🐐 she'd sleep in the stable a few nights and the rats would probably leave as soon as they smelled her around.