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    NOW for six whole weeks they went sailing1 on and on, over the rolling sea, following the swallow who flew before the ship to show them the way. At night she carried a tiny lantern, so they should not miss her in the dark; and the people on the other ships that passed said that the light must be a shooting2 star.

    As they sailed further and further into the South, it got warmer and warmer. Polynesia, Chee-Chee and the crocodile enjoyed the hot sun no end. They ran about laughing and looking over the side of the ship to see if they could see Africa yet.

    But the pig and the dog and the owl3, Too-Too, could do nothing in such weather, but sat at the end of the ship in the shade of a big barrel4, with their tongues hanging out, drinking lemonade.

    Dab-Dab, the duck, used to keep herself cool by jumping into the sea and swimming behind the ship. And every once in a while, when the top of her head got too hot, she would dive under the ship and come up on the other side. In this way, too, she used to catch herrings on Tuesdays and Fridays—when everybody on the boat ate fish to make the beef last longer.

    When they got near to the Equator5 they saw some flying-fishes coming towards them. And the fishes asked the parrot if this was Doctor Dolittle’s ship. When she told them it was, they said they were glad, because the monkeys in Africa were getting worried that he would never come. Polynesia asked them how many miles they had yet to go; and the flying-fishes said it was only fifty-five miles now to the coast of Africa.

    And another time a whole school of porpoises6 came dancing through the waves; and they too asked Polynesia if this was the ship of the famous doctor. And when they heard that it was, they asked the parrot if the Doctor wanted anything for his journey.

    And Polynesia said, “Yes. We have run short of onions.”

    “There is an island not far from here,” said the porpoises, “where the wild onions grow tall and strong. Keep straight on—we will get some and catch up to you.”

    So the porpoises dashed8 away through the sea. And very soon the parrot saw them again, coming up behind, dragging the onions through the waves in big nets made of seaweed.

    The next evening, as the sun was going down, the Doctor said,

    “Get me the telescope9, Chee-Chee. Our journey is nearly ended. Very soon we should be able to see the shores of Africa.”

    And about half an hour later, sure enough, they thought they could see something in front that might be land. But it began to get darker and darker and they couldn’t be sure.

    Then a great storm came up, with thunder and lightning. The wind howled10; the rain came down in torrents11; and the waves got so high they splashed12 right over the boat.

    Presently13 there was a big BANG14! The ship stopped and rolled over on its side.

    “What’s happened?” asked the Doctor, coming up from downstairs.

    “I’m not sure,” said the parrot; “but I think we’re ship-wrecked. Tell the duck to get out and see.”

    So Dab-Dab dived right down under the waves. And when she came up she said they had struck a rock; there was a big hole in the bottom of the ship; the water was coming in; and they were sinking fast.

    “We must have run into Africa,” said the Doctor. “Dear me, dear me!—Well—we must all swim to land.”

    But Chee-Chee and Gub-Gub did not know how to swim.

    “Get the rope!” said Polynesia. “I told you it would come in handy15. Where’s that duck? Come here, Dab-Dab. Take this end of the rope, fly to the shore and tie it on to a palm-tree; and we’ll hold the other end on the ship here. Then those that can’t swim must climb along the rope till they reach the land. That’s what you call a ‘life-line.’”

    So they all got safely to the shore—some swimming, some flying; and those that climbed along the rope brought the Doctor’s trunk and hand-bag with them.

    But the ship was no good any more—with the big hole in the bottom; and presently the rough7 sea beat it to pieces on the rocks and the timbers16 floated away.

    Then they all took shelter17 in a nice dry cave they found, high up in the cliffs18, till the storm was over.

    When the sun came out next morning they went down to the sandy beach to dry themselves.

    “Dear old Africa!” sighed Polynesia. “It’s good to get back. Just think—it’ll be a hundred and sixty-nine years to-morrow since I was here! And it hasn’t changed a bit!—Same old palm-trees; same old red earth; same old black ants! There’s no place like home!”

    And the others noticed she had tears in her eyes—she was so pleased to see her country once again.

    Then the Doctor missed his high hat; for it had been blown into the sea during the storm. So Dab-Dab went out to look for it. And presently she saw it, a long way off, floating on the water like a toy-boat.

    When she flew down to get it, she found one of the white mice, very frightened, sitting inside it.

    “What are you doing here?” asked the duck. “You were told to stay behind in Puddleby.”

    “I didn’t want to be left behind,” said the mouse. “I wanted to see what Africa was like—I have relatives there. So I hid in the baggage and was brought on to the ship with the hard-tack. When the ship sank I was terribly frightened—because I cannot swim far. I swam as long as I could, but I soon got all exhausted19 and thought I was going to sink. And then, just at that moment, the old man’s hat came floating by; and I got into it because I did not want to be drowned.”

    So the duck took up the hat with the mouse in it and brought it to the Doctor on the shore. And they all gathered round to have a look.

    “That’s what you call a ‘stowaway,’” said the parrot.

    Presently, when they were looking for a place in the trunk where the white mouse could travel comfortably, the monkey, Chee-Chee, suddenly said,

    “Sh! I hear footsteps20 in the jungle!”

    They all stopped talking and listened. And soon a black man came down out of the woods and asked them what they were doing there.

    “My name is John Dolittle—M.D.,” said the Doctor. “I have been asked to come to Africa to cure the monkeys who are sick.”

    “You must all come before the King,” said the black man.

    “What king?” asked the Doctor, who didn’t want to waste any time.

    “The King of the Jolliginki,” the man answered. “All these lands belong to him; and all strangers must be brought before him. Follow me.”

    So they gathered up their baggage and went off, following the man through the jungle.


    1 sailing [ˈseɪlɪŋ] Qj2z4g   第4级
    • Experienced seamen will advise you about sailing in this weather. 有经验的海员会告诉你在这种天气下的航行情况。
    • The operation was plain sailing. 手术进行得顺利。
    2 shooting [ˈʃu:tɪŋ] 5iFzcD   第4级
    • The soldiers began shooting away at the enemy positions. 战士们开始朝敌人的阵地不断地射击。
    • I was in the act of shooting him when I suddenly recognized him. 我正要向他开枪时,突然认出了他。
    3 owl [aʊl] 7KFxk   第7级
    • Her new glasses make her look like an owl. 她的新眼镜让她看上去像只猫头鹰。
    • I'm a night owl and seldom go to bed until after midnight. 我睡得很晚,经常半夜后才睡觉。
    4 barrel [ˈbærəl] FN8zF   第5级
    • I drew off three pints of beer from the barrel. 我从酒桶里抽出三品脱啤酒。
    • The man rolled the barrel into the yard. 那个人把圆桶滚进院子。
    5 equator [ɪˈkweɪtə(r)] piJzt   第6级
    • Singapore is near the equator. 新加坡位于赤道附近。
    • The United States is north of the equator. 美国位于赤道以北。
    6 porpoises [ˈpɔ:pəsiz] 223bb3a8f6402f66c6cab07736a435ff   第12级
    n.鼠海豚( porpoise的名词复数 )
    • A shoal of porpoises are well on the feed. 一群海豚正在吞食。 来自辞典例句
    • In 1928 some porpoises were photographed working like beavers to push ashore a waterlogged mattress. 1928年有人把这些海豚象海狸那样把一床浸泡了水的褥垫推上岸时的情景拍摄了下来。 来自辞典例句
    7 rough [rʌf] BXRxI   第4级
    • It's just a very rough translation. 这只是一篇非常粗糙的译稿。
    • His reply was a bit rough. 他的答复过于粗鲁了一点。
    8 dashed [dæʃt] dashed   第4级
    n.虚线v.冲,猛冲( dash的过去式和过去分词 );猛掷, (使)猛撞;匆匆地写或画;打碎
    • The minister air-dashed to Delhi because of the parliamentary crisis. 部长因议会危机立刻起程飞往德里。
    • We gave him covering fire as he dashed across the clearing. 我们用火掩护他冲过空地。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    9 telescope [ˈtelɪskəʊp] Fp0wp   第4级
    • I looked through a telescope. 我用望远镜看东西。
    • Many stars are invisible without a telescope. 许多星辰不用望远镜便看不见。
    10 howled [hauld] 05af80bdc99e056e401887616c3503bb   第4级
    v.嗥叫( howl的过去式和过去分词 );咆哮;吼叫;哀号
    • The angry crowd howled the speaker off the platform. 愤怒的人群把演说者赶下了台。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The wind howled and the waves closed over him. 狂风怒号,巨浪把他淹没了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    11 torrents ['tɒrənts] 0212faa02662ca7703af165c0976cdfd   第7级
    n.倾注;奔流( torrent的名词复数 );急流;爆发;连续不断
    • The torrents scoured out a channel down the hill side. 急流沿着山腰冲刷出一条水沟。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    • Sudden rainstorms would bring the mountain torrents rushing down. 突然的暴雨会使山洪暴发。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
    12 splashed [sp'læʃt] 127fd523d272edcb5c979b7f84b6767c   第6级
    v.使(液体)溅起( splash的过去式和过去分词 );(指液体)溅落
    • Water splashed onto the floor. 水哗的一声泼洒在地板上。
    • The cowboy splashed his way across the shallow stream with his cow. 牧童牵着牛淌过浅溪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    13 presently [ˈprezntli] pQnxr   第5级
    • I'll go to see your uncle presently. 我一会儿就去看望你叔叔。
    • He is presently living in New York. 他目前住在纽约。
    14 bang [bæŋ] dPmyH   第5级
    • Pack it up, you kids; or I'll bang your heads together! 住手,你们这些小孩,再弄就揍你们!
    • She fell and got a nasty bang on the knee. 她摔倒了,膝盖猛撞在地上。
    15 handy [ˈhændi] de0zX   第5级
    • A few more traveler's checks may come in handy on holiday. 多带几张旅行支票,度假时会有用的。
    • She is a handy girl who can turn her hand to anything. 她是个心灵手巧的姑娘。
    16 timbers [ˈtimbəz] e91aba42192b11d6305d402d12a91393   第6级
    (用于建筑或制作物品的)树木( timber的名词复数 ); 用材林
    • Contraction of the timbers left gaps in the fence. 木料收缩,结果围墙露出缝来。
    • The ship's timbers groaned audibly during the storm. 船骨在暴风雨中吱嘎作响。
    17 shelter [ˈʃeltə(r)] kEdzl   第4级
    • We took shelter from the rain in a cave. 我们在一个山洞里避雨。
    • Trees are a shelter from the sun. 树木可以遮挡阳光。
    18 cliffs [] e083e9c7853d148373e503224538662c   第5级
    • the chalk cliffs of southern England 英格兰南部的白垩质峭壁
    • Local folklore has it that prehistoric men drove cattle over these cliffs. 当地民间传说中称,史前人类把野牛从这些悬崖上驱赶下去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    19 exhausted [ɪgˈzɔ:stɪd] 7taz4r   第8级
    • It was a long haul home and we arrived exhausted. 搬运回家的这段路程特别长,到家时我们已筋疲力尽。
    • Jenny was exhausted by the hustle of city life. 珍妮被城市生活的忙乱弄得筋疲力尽。
    20 footsteps ['fʊtsteps] 6508b080b068283fa9f93b103a1b4406   第5级
    n.脚步(声),一步的距离,足迹;脚步(声)( footstep的名词复数 );一步的距离;足迹
    • the sound of footsteps on the stairs 楼梯上的脚步声
    • Their footsteps echoed in the silence. 他们的脚步声在一片寂静中回荡着。

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