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VIII Are You A Good Noticer?

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"It sounds pretty hard," I said.

"You'll have to be very patient," said Polynesia. "It takes a long time to say even a few words properly. But if you come here often I'll give you a few lessons myself. And once you get started you'll be surprised how fast you get on. It would indeed be a good thing if you could learn. Because then you could do some of the work for the Doctor--I mean the easier work, like bandaging and giving pills. Yes, yes, that's a good idea of mine. 'Twould be a great thing if the poor man could get some help--and some rest. It is a scandal the way he works. I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to help him a great deal-- That is, if you are really interested in animals."

"Oh, I'd love that!" I cried. "Do you think the Doctor would let me?"

"Certainly," said Polynesia--"as soon as you have learned something about doctoring. I'll speak of it to him myself--Sh! I hear him coming. Quick--bring his bacon back on to the table."

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