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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book Paragraphs 87-104 Summary
Rikki-tikki smashes two of the eggs and keeps the third as a hostage. Meanwhile, stuff is going down at the veranda. Nagaina is poised to strike Teddy, while the father orders his son not to move. Rikki-tikki shows up and demands that Nagaina fight him. She's not interested at first since she has the upper hand. But when she learns that the mongoose has her last child/ egg, she changes her mind right quick. Nagaina lunges for the egg, and the father pulls Teddy in close. Rikki-tikki is ready for an all-out fight, but Nagaina swears that she'll leave and never come back. In a modern story, this would be the point when the hero lets his guard down and the villain uses the opportunity to attack. Apparently not in the nineteenth century. Rikki-tikki just drives the point home that he's going to kill her. They fight. Nagaina manages to circle around and grab hold of the egg. She breaks for her den with Rikki-tikki going hot pursuit mode. Darzee's wife flaps into Nagaina's face, purchasing Rikki-tikki the time he needs to bite her tail. Nagaina drags Rikki-tikki into her den. Uh-oh. This is Not Good, and Darzee agrees. He begins to prepare a mourning song for the mongoose warrior. But wait! Rikki-tikki pops out of the den, proclaiming his victory. And then he falls asleep right then and there.
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