Study Guide

The Jungle Book Chapter 4

By Rudyard Kipling

Chapter 4

Road-Song of the Bandar-Log

  • In case you wanted to know what the monkeys sing as they travel, here you go.
  • They try to evoke jealousy in non-monkey types, talking about their curving tails and all those prehensile thumbs.
  • They dream "of deeds that [they] mean to do" (4.11), but they always forget exactly what those deeds are before they get to them.
  • In the end, they say, "be sure, we're going to do some splendid things!" (4.29).