Study Guide

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book Paragraphs 63-86

By Rudyard Kipling

Paragraphs 63-86

  • The next morning, Rikki-tikki skips breakfast and sets out to deal with Nagaina.
  • At Darzee's nest, the bird is prematurely singing a song of victory. Rikki-tikki scolds him, saying it's one of those "we've won the battle but not the war" type things.
  • Darzee informs the mongoose that Nagaina is over at the rubbish heap mourning her dead husband.
  • Rikki-tikki wants to know where Nagaina's nest is. Then he asks the bird to go over and distract Nagaina while he does what needs doing.
  • But Darzee's a pretty dumb bird, so he can't quite follow what Rikki-tikki wants. Thankfully, his wife isn't, so she flies over to distract Nagaina by pretending to have a broken wing.
  • Nagaina gives chase.
  • Meanwhile, Rikki-tikki sets about destroying all the cobra eggs.
  • He's down to three when Darzee's wife flies up to tell him that Nagaina has headed for the veranda with killing on her mind.