| Quote #1
This is the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bath-rooms of the big bungalow in Segowlee cantonment. (1)
This beginning is straight up tells you that Rikki-tikki is going to be the hero of this tale. Now we just need to find out who the victim, erm, antagonist will be.
| Quote #2
When [Rikki-tikki] revived, he was lying in the hot sun on the middle of a garden path, very draggled indeed, and a small boy was saying: "Here's a dead mongoose. Let's have a funeral."
"No," said his mother; "let's take him in and dry him. Perhaps he isn't really dead." (3-4)
The British family's kindness puts them on the side of good. Honestly, it's a rare family that finds a near dead animal on the side of the road and thinks, "Let's take it home."
| Quote #3
[Nagaina] had crept up behind him as he was talking, to make an end of him; and he heard her savage hiss as the stroke missed. (30)
Are the cobras the evil characters? Well, if the sneak attack isn't a dead giveaway, we don't know what is.