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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Historical References

  • Segowell (now Sugauli) Cantonment (1)—a cantonment is an old name for a military base 
  • Marshal Adolphe Niel (17)—the Marshal Niel roses mentioned are named for this French marshal.
  • Sluice (50)—a channel to let out water

Religious References

  • Brahma (24)—spelt Brahm, he's the creator god in the Hindu pantheon.

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