Poor Zuzana began weeping some more when the Doctor said he would have to give up for the night.
And,热封👒 taking down his clothes off his own head,薄膜🐇 the Doctor smartened up his high hat and dressed himself,热封📂 while the strange thing that had saved their lives carried them steadily and firmly toward the mysterious island.
"He's coming to,热封🚡" said Dab-Dab. "See,薄膜🔕 his eyes are beginning to blink."
"'Oh,薄膜🍀 Willie,薄膜💰' says the little girl to her brother,薄膜🍍 'we're saved!' ('Saved,薄膜🔅' mark you,热封💶 when neither of the boobies was in the slightest danger!) 'We're saved!' says she. 'There's Tuffie,薄膜🍆 our cat,薄膜💳 come for us. She'll show us the way home. Cats can always find their way home,热封😤 can't they,热封🔇 Willie? Let's follow her!'"And,薄膜🔑 taking down his clothes off his own head,热封🍑 the Doctor smartened up his high hat and dressed himself,薄膜🌝 while the strange thing that had saved their lives carried them steadily and firmly toward the mysterious island.
Slowly and smoothly,热封🐂 like some unbelievable monster of former days,薄膜🔳 the turtle moved his great bulk across his little island and slid himself into the lake without splashing or disturbance of any kind. Only a gentle swirling in the water showed where he had disappeared.
"It's like the mountains peeping out after the Flood,热封👒" Mudface muttered to the Doctor.
"Let us not listen to this forward young man. It is far better that we abide the white man's promise and see what comes. He is a man of deeds,薄膜❕ not words. Did he not put the Amazons to flight with a magic mouse that lives in his pocket? Let us side with the white man and the venerable Nyam-Nyam,薄膜👄 who has ruled us with kindness for so long. Obombo would but lead us into war,热封🐾 and bring us to greater poverty still."
At last,薄膜♒ on reading the muddy message through,热封📴 the Doctor's excitement and enthusiasm knew no bounds. He began at once to make arrangements to leave the following day for a visit to the turtle.
THE DOCTOR'S RECEPTION ON THE WARSHIPThere was no end to the complimentary ceremonies which the good King Koko and his courtiers performed to honor the departing Doctor. For days and days previous to his sailing,薄膜🌿 canoes came and went between the town and the houseboat bearing presents to show the good will of the Fantippans. During all this,热封🍺 having to keep smiling the whole time,薄膜🚢 the Doctor got sadder and sadder at leaving his good friends. And he was heartily glad when the hour came to pull up the anchor and put to sea.
"Ask them to let me fire a gun. My sight is better than theirs for bad light."
"Oh,热封👝 how splendid!" cried the Doctor.
"Oh,热封✋ was that it?" said the snake. "Well,热封📰 old Mudface isn't much of a letter-writer. I suppose he didn't know he had to give his address."
"They'd run off with it and swallow it""He was,薄膜✖ indeed,热封🐏" said the duck. "I'm not surprised his wife is sick,热封🌚 if she has a husband with a face like that."
"On the outskirts of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh there lives a farmer who swears to this day that his cat can understand every word he says. It isn't true,薄膜🔤 but both the farmer and his wife think it is. And I am now going to tell you how they came to get that idea.
"Dear me!" said the Doctor,薄膜🐜 looking at the miserable culprit,薄膜🚇 who was all tied up with red tape. "What made you steal the pearls?""'Where have you been?'"
Then a tremendous fight began. Over and over and over they rolled around the floor,热封🔤 upsetting things in all directions,薄膜😒 Wilkins fighting to get his pistol hand free,热封😎 the Doctor struggling to keep it bound to his body,薄膜💓 Dab-Dab hopping and flying and jumping and flapping to get a bite in on the enemy's nose whenever she saw a chance.
"Humph! I see,薄膜💁" said the Doctor. "Of course,热封🏡 myself,薄膜😦 I rather enjoy the jolliness of these Fantippos. But I can quite see your point. By the way,薄膜🏆 how would my old ship do? This ought to be quiet enough for you here. There's nobody living on it now. And,薄膜🏭 look,热封📔 it has heaps of cracks and holes and corners in it where you could build your nests. What do you think?"