"Heigh ho!" sighed Jip,加点😵 "it's a circus for us,古剑🔸 all right."
Down by the banks of the streams the Doctor was shown great herds of hippopotami,加点💋 feeding on the luscious reeds that grew at the water's edge. In the wide fields of high grass there were elephants and rhinoceri browsing. On the slopes where the forests were sparse he spied long-necked giraffes,古剑㊙ nibbling from the trees. Monkeys and deer of all kinds were plentiful. And birds swarmed everywhere. In fact,加点🍏 every kind of creature that does not eat meat was there,古剑🌇 living peaceably and happily with the others in this land where vegetable food abounded and the disturbing tread of Man was never heard.
"Great heavens!" the Doctor exclaimed. "You don't say!"
"Move an inch and you're a dead man!" he snarled.
The moon had now risen and the weird scenery of Junganyika was all green lights and blue shadows. As the Doctor snuffed out his candles and Jip curled himself up at his feet the turtle suddenly started humming a tune in his deep bass voice,加点🗽 waving his long neck from side to side in the moonlight.
This woman's name was Zuzana and her husband was a very strong and fine-looking man. The King of Fantippo would have kept Zuzana's husband for this reason,古剑👳 because he liked to have strong men at his court. But the slave traders also wanted strong men,古剑🐕 for they could do a lot of work on the plantations. And they offered the King of Fantippo a specially high price for Zuzana's husband. And the king had sold him.
As Quip-the-Carrier disappeared into the distance with the Doctor's priceless pearl Dab-Dab turned to Jip and murmured:
"Well,加点⛪ we got chatting,加点🚰 the way people do,加点👊 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,加点😠 still chatting,加点💸 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,加点📈 because the Doctor wouldn't allow any one to kill them. And she said,古剑📈 if I wished,古剑🐎 she'd sleep in the stable a few nights and the rats would probably leave as soon as they smelled her around.
"So,古剑😶 since I wasn't doing the children any good,加点🍉 I went off to look up this other owl and see if he had any ideas to suggest. I found him sitting on the stump of a hollow birch,古剑🐩 rubbing his eyes,古剑💘 having just got out of bed.
For some time after the turtle finished no one spoke. Even the irreverent Cheapside was silent. Little bits of stars,古剑📓 dimmed by the light of a half-full moon,古剑🚟 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,古剑😯 the economical housekeeper,加点💀 seeing the Doctor close his notebook and put away his pencil,加点💳 blew out the candle.
"I think the white mouse ought to tell us one,加点🌸" said Jip.
Then the Emir himself began to get panicky. And he gave orders that the Doctor should be released right away.
So the Captain gave orders that all possible speed was to be made. These were the days when steam was first used on ships. But at the beginning it was only used together with the sails,加点🏃 to help the power of the wind. Of this vessel,加点🚄 H. M. S. Violet,古剑🐅 the Captain was very proud. And he was most anxious that the Violet should have the honor of catching Bones the slaver,加点⚪ who for so long had been defying the navy by carrying on slave trade after it had been forbidden. So the Violet's steam engines were put to work their hardest. And thick,加点📩 black smoke rolled out of her funnels and darkened the blue sea and smudged up her lovely white sails humming tight in the breeze.
"I think I'll stop in at the post office before I return to Chief Nyam-Nyam's country,加点🌓" said the Doctor. "There's nothing more I can do about the pearls,古剑🍕 I suppose. But I'd like to see if everything else is going all right.""Here you are,古剑🍇" he said.
"Oh,加点🚆 quite,古剑🆚 quite. I understand perfectly,古剑🚒" said the Doctor,加点🍟 poking salt into his egg with a bone egg-spoon. "I am dreadfully sorry. But why didn't Speedy bring the message himself?"
"'Fine,古剑🌌' says he. 'Try that and see what happens!'
"That's the main trouble with sailors,古剑🚟 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,加点🌲 the way we have,古剑🐉 flying among the winds,加点✂ using them to climb on,加点🈹 to swoop on and to hover on,古剑📥 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,加点🌒 how often it grows weak or grows strong,古剑🎰 will tell you,加点👱 if you know the science of winds,加点🚆 a whole lot."
THE ANIMALS' PARADISE