"'George Morland!' I cried. 'Is he in these parts now?'
"Good luck!" cried John Dolittle. "You're the very fellow I want. Would you be so good as to run around behind my back and gnaw this beastly rope? It's hurting my wrists."
"'No,郴州🦜' I said. 'But I can make a noise like a cat. I learned that from an American catbird that lived in a cage in the stable where I spent last summer.'
As Quip-the-Carrier disappeared into the distance with the Doctor's priceless pearl Dab-Dab turned to Jip and murmured:
"Well,主持人🍲 but what shall I tell you a story about?" asked John Dolittle."And what on earth is an invalid?" cried the pushmi-pullyu.
They asked the Doctor if he could give them any news of their beloved London. But he had to admit that he also had been away from that city for a long time. However,湖南🔐 while they were talking Cheapside came into the lighthouse kitchen,主持人🌲 looking for the Doctor. The city sparrow was delighted to find that the keepers were also Cockneys. And he gave them,主持人▪ through the Doctor,主持人🚚 all the latest gossip of Wapping,主持人⛽ Limehouse,湖南🏢 the East India Docks and the wharves and the shipping of London River.
In the meantime the Emir,电视台💉 celebrating victory in his palace,郴州📎 gave orders that the Harmattan Rocks,湖南😺 which were now to be called the Royal Ellebubu Pearl Fisheries,湖南🚔 would henceforth be his exclusive,湖南⏰ private property,主持人🚲 and no trespassing would be allowed. And he sent out six special men with orders to take over the islands and to bring all the pearls to him.On the ship the seamen were still fighting with the gulls. The captain,电视台📂 seeing that no helmsman could steer the boat right with thousands of wings fluttering in his eyes,电视台🌚 gave the orders to lay the ship to for a little and to get out the hose pipes. And a strong stream of water was turned on to the gulls around the helmsman,郴州🏢 so they could no longer get near him. Then the ship got under way again and came on toward the cape once more.
"'I want you to come over here by the trough,郴州⚡ Jip,电视台🍱' said he. 'All you've got to do is to keep still. You can go to sleep if you like. But don't move or fidget for ten minutes. Think you can do that?'
"The Doctor experimented on Jip"
The leader,电视台🏡 who already knew the Doctor,主持人🌖 of course,郴州🆙 came forward to get orders and to see how much mail there was to be carried.
"Not at all,电视台💷" said the turtle. "I'll go down and try to get you something right away."
"I took him down the main street of the town till we came to the place where the beggar had his pictures. And as soon as George saw the pictures he knew what was wrong.
And now John Dolittle and his animals got tremendously busy arranging the post office,主持人❕ its furniture,电视台🛁 the stamp drawers,电视台🍠 the postcard drawers,电视台🍐 the weighing scales,郴州📮 the sorting bags and all the rest of the paraphernalia. Dab-Dab,湖南🍼 of course,主持人🍸 was housekeeper,主持人🍮 as usual,郴州🐋 and she saw to it that the post office was swept properly every morning. Jip was the watchman and had charge of locking up at night and opening in the morning. Too-Too,郴州🚕 with his head for mathematics,主持人👆 was given the bookkeeping,主持人💞 and he kept account of how many stamps were sold and how much money was taken in. The Doctor ran the information window and answered the hundred and one questions that people are always asking at post offices. And the good and trusty Speedy was here,湖南♊ there and everywhere.
"I'll go out with her,湖南🚱 Doctor,湖南🌙" said Dab-Dab,主持人🔡 "and do a little fishing on my own account. I can dive pretty deep,主持人👐 though I'm not a regular diving duck. Maybe I can get some pearls for you."
"I'm afraid I can't,郴州🎪" said the spoonbill. "To tell you the truth,湖南👸 I got those oysters from a pile which some other bird had left on the rock here. He had eaten his fill,电视台🚚 I suppose,郴州🗼 and gone away. There are a good many left still. Let's go over to the pile and crack a few. Maybe they've all got pearls in them.""Easy comes,湖南🌗 easy goes,郴州🍶" murmured Gub-Gub. "Never mind. I don't suppose it's really such fun being rich. Wealthy people have to behave so unnaturally."