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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book

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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