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"His only interest in life is food,下载🔤 anyway,酷刑📐" said Too-Too. "Let someone else tell a story."
"How was it that you were the one chosen to bring the message?" asked the Doctor.One evening at six o'clock Jip shut the doors of the post office as usual,火柴✒ and hung up the sign "Closed" as he always did at that hour. The Doctor heard the bolts being shot and he stopped counting postcards and took out his pipe to have a smoke.
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And the government got quite worked up about it. And they sent the Royal Meteorologist,下载🚳 an old gray-haired weather man,火柴👥 down to Fantippo to see how the Doctor was doing it.
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And the frightened minister moved back among the crowd so the Doctor's evil gaze could not fall upon his face.
Zuzana described to the Doctor how she had followed the white man's ship a long way out in a canoe,火柴🍪 imploring them to give her back her husband. But they had only laughed at her and gone on their way. And their ship had soon passed out of sight.
Even Zuzana stopped her wailing and turned to look. And there,火柴🎳 away out on the dim,火柴🍈 black edge of the ocean,火柴👴 they could see a tiny light.
Well,火柴🏨 after ten days John Dolittle got what is called the Domestic Mails in pretty good shape. Domestic mails are those that carry letters from one part of a country to another part of the same country,下载📆 or from one part of a city to another. The mails that carry letters outside the country to foreign lands are called Foreign Mails. To have a regular and good service of foreign mails in the Fantippo post office the Doctor found a hard problem,火柴🌉 because the mail ships which could carry letters abroad did not come very often to this port. Fantippo,下载🍉 although King Koko was most proud of it,酷刑🏩 was not considered a very important country among the regular civilized nations and two or three ships a year were all that ever called there.
Soon hisses and groans broke out among the crowd and,火柴🆘 picking up pebbles and mud,下载🍆 they began pelting Obombo so he could not go on with his speech. Finally he had to run for the jungle himself to escape the fury of the people.CHAPTER VI
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"What's a strike?" asked Gub-Gub.
And then John Dolittle,酷刑🐏 seeing its head for the first time,酷刑🎡 cried out in great excitement:
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