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The Voyages of doctor dolittle

The Voyages of doctor dolittle

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Title: The Voyages of Doctor DolittleAuthor: Hugh LoftingPosting Date: September 17, 2008 [EBook #1154]Release Date: January, 1998Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE ***Produced by Charles Keller for TinaTHE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLEBy Hugh LoftingToColinandElizabethCONTENTSPART ONEPROLOGUEI THE COBBLER'S SONII I HEAR OF THE GREAT NATURALISTIII THE DOCTOR'S HOMEIV THE WIFF-WAFFV POLYNESIAVI THE WOUNDED SQUIRRELVII SHELLFISH TALKVIII ARE YOU A GOOD NOTICER?IX THE GARDEN OF DREAMSX THE PRIVATE ZOOXI MY SCHOOLMASTER, POLYNESIAXII MY GREAT IDEAXIII A TRAVELER ARRIVESXIV CHEE-CHEE'S VOYAGEXV I BECOME A DOCTOR'S ASSISTANTPART TWO
 
I THE CREW OF "THE CURLEW"II LUKE THE HERMITIII JIP AND THE SECRETIV BOBV MENDOZAVI THE JUDGE'S DOGVII THE END OF THE MYSTERYVIII THREE CHEERSIX THE PURPLE BIRD-OF-PARADISEX LONG ARROW, THE SON OF GOLDEN ARROWXI BLIND TRAVELXII DESTINY AND DESTINATIONPART THREEI THE THIRD MANII GOOD-BYE!III OUR TROUBLES BEGINIV OUR TROUBLES CONTINUEV POLYNESIA HAS A PLANVI THE BED-MAKER OF MONTEVERDEVII THE DOCTOR'S WAGERVIII THE GREAT BULLFIGHTIX WE DEPART IN A HURRYPART FOURI SHELLFISH LANGUAGES AGAINII THE FIDGIT'S STORYIII BAD WEATHERIV WRECKED!V LAND!VI THE JABIZRIVII HAWK'S-HEAD MOUNTAINPART FIVEI A GREAT MOMENTII "THE MEN OF THE MOVING, LAND"III FIREIV WHAT MAKES AN ISLAND FLOATV WAR!VI GENERAL POLYNESIAVII THE PEACE OF THE PARROTSVIII THE HANGING STONEIX THE ELECTIONX THE CORONATION OF KING JONGPART SIXI NEW POPSIPETELII THOUGHTS OF HOMEIII THE RED MAN'S SCIENCEIV THE SEA-SERPENTV THE SHELLFISH RIDDLE SOLVED AT LASTVI THE LAST CABINET MEETINGVII THE DOCTOR'S DECISIONTHE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE
 
PROLOGUEALL that I have written so far about Doctor Dolittle I heard long afterit happened from those who had known him--indeed a great deal of it tookplace before I was born. But I now come to set down that part of thegreat man's life which I myself saw and took part in.Many years ago the Doctor gave me permission to do this. But we wereboth of us so busy then voyaging around the world, having adventures andfilling note-books full of natural history that I never seemed to gettime to sit down and write of our doings.Now of course, when I am quite an old man, my memory isn't so goodany more. But whenever I am in doubt and have to hesitate and think, Ialways ask Polynesia, the parrot.That wonderful bird (she is now nearly two hundred and fifty years old)sits on the top of my desk, usually humming sailor songs to herself,while I write this book. And, as every one who ever met her knows,Polynesia's memory is the most marvelous memory in the world. If thereis any happening I am not quite sure of, she is always able to putme right, to tell me exactly how it took place, who was there andeverything about it. In fact sometimes I almost think I ought to saythat this book was written by Polynesia instead of me.Very well then, I will begin. And first of all I must tell you somethingabout myself and how I came to meet the Doctor.PART ITHE FIRST CHAPTER. THE COBBLER'S SONMY name was Tommy Stubbins, son of Jacob Stubbins, the cobbler ofPuddleby-on-the-Marsh; and I was nine and a half years old. At that timePuddleby was only quite a small town. A river ran through the middleof it; and over this river there was a very old stone bridge, calledKingsbridge, which led you from the market-place on one side to thechurchyard on the other.Sailing-ships came up this river from the sea and anchored near thebridge. I used to go down and watch the sailors unloading the ships uponthe river-wall. The sailors sang strange songs as they pulled uponthe ropes; and I learned these songs by heart. And I would sit on theriver-wall with my feet dangling over the water and sing with the men,pretending to myself that I too was a sailor.For I longed always to sail away with those brave ships when they turned

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