Study Guide

Life of Pi Part 2, Chapter 57

By Yann Martel

Part 2, Chapter 57

  • In a really, really good turn of events for Pi, RP makes a sound from his nostrils, sort of like a snort. Pi, with his encyclopedic knowledge of animals, knows the sound: prusten.
  • For tigers, prusten is an expression of "friendliness and harmless intentions" (2.57.5).
  • Eureka moment for Pi: he can (and must) tame RP.