"Ah,功能💧" said John Dolittle,苹果🍫 "perhaps we shall find out something now. Can you tell me,光圈🐋" he asked the cormorant,光圈📱 "how to get pearls?"
At last,苹果📄 while it was still just light enough to see,功能➰ the snake swung into the left and once more entered the outskirts of the mangrove swamps. Following him with difficulty in the fading light,功能😥 the Doctor was led into a deep glady cove. At the end of this the nose of the canoe suddenly bumped into something hard. The Doctor was about to lean out to see what it was when a deep,苹果😼 deep bass voice spoke out of the gloom quite close to him.
"You said something about a message you had for Dab-Dab,苹果🗽 I think,苹果📠" peeped the white mouse's voice from the darkness of the corner.
Jip managed to bring up a few small oysters,光圈💊 but there were no pearls in them.
"Well,功能😋 now,功能🐪 as I told you,光圈🍹 I had an idea in all this. I hoped that if I did something for George Morland perhaps I could get him to do something for me. But,功能🐣 of course,功能💇 with him not knowing dog talk it was a bit difficult to make him understand. However,苹果📟 while he was packing up his painting things I disappeared for a while,苹果🔆 just as though I was going away. Then I came rushing back to him in a great state of excitement,苹果✌ barking,功能🐂 trying to show him something was wrong and that I wanted him to follow me."Of a story?" cried Too-Too.
"'There she is!' said the little girl. 'She's calling to us. Come along,功能🌟 Willie.'
"He was,苹果🔺 indeed,功能🔣" said the duck. "I'm not surprised his wife is sick,苹果📥 if she has a husband with a face like that."
After some persuasion the Doctor consented to this proposal feeling that perhaps he could do some good. Little did he realize what great labors and strange adventures he was taking upon himself as he got into the canoe with the King,苹果🅱 Begwe and Zuzana to be paddled to the town of Fantippo.
"Here,苹果🏇 drink this,光圈🍄" the Doctor ordered,光圈🈶 handing him a tea-cup full of some brown mixture. "I think you will find that that will soon relieve the stiffness in your front legs."
"Heigh ho!" sighed Jip,光圈🌘 "it's a circus for us,功能〽 all right."
So the Doctor decided that he had better have a sea bird to guide him. And Dab-Dab went and got a curlew who was strolling about on the beach,苹果🔠 doing nothing in particular. This bird said he knew the place quite well and would consider it an honor to act as guide to John Dolittle. Then,苹果🐇 with Jip,苹果📌 Dab-Dab,光圈✅ Gub-Gub and the white mouse,功能🚨 the Doctor got into his canoe and started off for the Harmattan Rocks.
CHAPTER XI"As soon as they had gone I came out of the closet and I said to the white cat: 'I shall expect you to bring up these kittens to leave ducklings alone. Now listen: To-night,功能🙌 after the farmer and his wife are in bed,光圈🐅 take all your kittens except the black and white one,光圈💀 and hide them in the attic. The farmer means to drown them and is going to keep only one.'
"I don't just know,功能📍" said the Doctor. "I suppose because they're too costly. With any one of those pearls you could buy a house and garden."
One morning in the first week of the return voyage when John Dolittle and his animals were all sitting at breakfast round the big table in the cabin,光圈🏦 one of the swallows came down and said that he wanted to speak to the Doctor.
"Where is Wilkins?" he asked in a dazed,功能🚺 sleepy kind of way.Years afterwards,功能🙅 the birds visiting Puddleby told the Doctor that the King still had the flowers in the window-boxes of his old houseboat carefully tended and watered in his memory. His Majesty,苹果⚡ they said,苹果❓ never gave up the fond hope that some day his good white friend would come back to Fantippo with his kindly smile,苹果🔭 his instructive conversation and his jolly tea-parties on the post office veranda.
Dab-Dab screwed up her eyes and peered at it closely.
"'I'm sorry,苹果♎' I said,功能😣 'but there's a couple of children over in the hollow there who've got lost. The little silly duffers are sitting on the ground,光圈💅 bawling because the daylight's gone and they don't know what to do.'
And very soon he had an old-fashioned window-box garden on the houseboat post office blooming with geraniums and marigolds and zinnias raised from the seeds and cuttings his birds brought him from England. And that is why many of the same vegetables that grow in England can still be found in a wild state in Africa. They came there through Gub-Gub's passion for the foods he had been brought up on.