PEARLS AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
"They'd run off with it and swallow it"
And he handed the keeper a large cup of steaming coffee.
"The fall of the year 1492 was a stormy season. Gales and squalls were blowing up all the time and we did not get started on our trip until the second week in October. My ancestor had been the leader of the flock for a long time. But he had grown sort of old and feeble and a younger bird was elected in his place to lead the Golden Jays to Venezuela that year. The new leader was a conceited youngster,读音🐀 and because he had been chosen he thought he knew everything about navigation and weather and sea crossings."He began his great inauguration speech"
"I'm afraid I can't,英语📙" said the spoonbill. "To tell you the truth,发音🐣 I got those oysters from a pile which some other bird had left on the rock here. He had eaten his fill,读音💿 I suppose,晚安📊 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."
And soon the No-Man's-Land Weather Bureau began to get known abroad. The farmers in England,视频🌕 who had received such good weather reports by letter from the Doctor,视频🐍 went up to London and told the government that their own reports were no good,英语⛅ that a certain John Dolittle,视频🏢 M.D.,读音🌎 was writing them much better reports from some place in Africa.
The Doctor found that His Majesty was much more distressed at the prospect of losing his good white friend and his afternoon tea on the houseboat than at anything else which the change would bring. But he saw that the Doctor really felt he had to go; and at length,读音😡 with tears falling into his tea-cup,发音🐂 he gave permission for the Postmaster General of Fantippo to resign."Who sent you those?" asked Jip.
"The gull caught the tomato skin with a lightning lunge"
On the third day of travel this river bed led them into an entirely new and different kind of country. If you have never been in a mangrove swamp,视频💓 it is difficult to imagine what it looks like. It was mournful scenery. Flat bog land,英语✔ full of pools and streamlets,视频👥 dotted with tufts of grass and weed,读音😻 tangled with gnarled roots and brambling bushes,英语🚾 spread out for miles and miles in every direction. It reminded the Doctor of some huge shrubbery that had been flooded by heavy rains. No large trees were here,视频🗼 such as they had seen in the jungle lower down. Seven or eight feet above their heads was as high as the mangroves grew and from their thin boughs long streamers of moss hung like gray,晚安📓 fluttering rags.
"Yes,视频🌓" said the Doctor. "I imagine there are lots of different kinds of birds and beasts in these parts that can be found nowhere else in the world."
Another thing in which the Doctor's post office was peculiar was its pens. Most post offices,发音💐 the Doctor had found,怎么Ⓜ always had abominably bad pens that spluttered and scratched and wouldn't write. In fact very many post offices even nowadays seem to pride themselves on their bad pens. But the Doctor saw to it that his pens were of the very best quality. Of course,读音🚘 in those times there were no steel pens. Only quills were used. And John Dolittle got the albatrosses and the seagulls to keep for him their tail feathers which fell out in the moulting season. And of course,怎么🐊 with such a lot of quills to choose from,英语🍂 it was easy to have the best pens in the post office.
This time the officers all burst out laughing and tapped their foreheads knowingly,发音🚔 to show they thought the Doctor was crazy. And the Captain,晚安📪 thinking he was being made a fool of,视频🙋 flew into a rage once more and was all for having the Doctor arrested again.