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Life of Pi

Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

Life of Pi Part 2, Chapter 57 Summary

How It All Goes Down

  • In a really, really good turn of events for Pi, RP makes a sound from his nostrils, sort of like a snort. Pi, with his encyclopedic knowledge of animals, knows the sound: prusten.
  • For tigers, prusten is an expression of "friendliness and harmless intentions" (2.57.5).
  • Eureka moment for Pi: he can (and must) tame RP.
  • Pi gets all worked up, blows his whistle, and RP doesn't jump into the water to come shut up the excitable Indian boy.
  • Pi decides on his new plan: it's time to tame RP.

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