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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book


by Rudyard Kipling

Rikki-tikki-tavi Timeline and Summary

  • Rikki-tikki almost drowns in a summer storm.
  • Instead of dying and making this short story a super short story, Rikki-tikki is saved by a British family and nursed back to health.
  • The next day, he explores the garden and encounters Nag and Nagaina, two cobras who don't much like the idea of a snake killer in their garden.
  • As if two cobras weren't enough, Rikki-tikki also has to save the British boy Teddy from a common krait snake.
  • That night, Nag attempts to kill the British family in their sleep, and Rikki-tikki decides he'll have none of that.
  • The mongoose and cobra do battle. The mongoose wins.
  • The next day, Rikki-tikki decides he might as well kill Nagaina, too, seeing as she's going to be upset anyway.
  • He gets Darzee to give him directions to the cobra's nest and has Mrs. Darzee distract Nagaina for him.
  • Rikki-tikki goes baby killer on all the eggs, save one.
  • Nagaina threatens Teddy, and Rikki-tikki tricks her away from the boy by taking that one egg hostage.
  • They fight, but Nagaina manages to snatch up the egg and escape to her den.
  • Rikki-tikki follows the cobra into her den, where there's presumably an epic battle we don't get to read about.
  • He emerges from the den all victorious and gallant.
  • From that day on, Rikki-tikki serves as protector of the garden.