"'That's for you to climb out by,🌗 after you've taken a bath. For you to go abroad in Summer with a coat like yours would mean certain death. So I'm going to dye you black.'
"All right,⛲" said the mouse. And he slipped down the rat hole.
"He isn't old enough to tell a good story,👜" said Dab-Dab. "He hasn't had any experience."
Then Speedy whispered in the Doctor's ear:"'Awful little,🐉' said the beggar. 'I've taken only twopence the whole day. I suppose the truth is I don't draw good enough.'
"Gub-Gub ate them,♠" said Too-Too. "Those are the sprouts,👐 no doubt,💐 that the thrushes brought here."
The morning sun peeping in at the window of the lighthouse found the Doctor still working over the keeper where he lay at the foot of the tower stairs.
"'My master has been ordered to paint the portrait of a prince,🉑' he said,💌 putting on no end of elegance."I have no idea,💪" said Dab-Dab. "But Speedy will know."
"That will be splendid,🦆" said the Doctor. "I think your friend should be very helpful to us."
Instead,🚇 when at last he reappeared wet and shining in the moonlight,👈 he had a carved stone window-sill on his back which must have weighed over a ton.
Then the Skimmer,🆗 with one of his claws,🚤 began tracing out some letters on the Doctor's palm. Before he had got very far John Dolittle sprang up,🏤 nearly overturning the canoe.
"Good morning,♋" said the Doctor,🏤 cracking open the top of a hard-boiled egg. "What can I do for you?""We know,🈳 before we reach one,🍁 where it is. And we go around it. No experienced sea bird ever runs his head into a bad storm."
"It came in handy for them,🍎 too. That part of the country got flooded one springtime in the middle of the night and there wasn't a dry match or a light to be had anywhere. Then those children,💳 who had traveled all that country scores of times in the dark with me,◻ saved a great many lives. They acted as guides,✝ you understand,😗 and took the people to safety,🎲 because they knew how to use their eyes,📲 and the others didn't."