by Rudyard Kipling from Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
This is a passage from Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 short story about a brave young mongoose named Rikki-tikki-tavi. He lives in an English household in India, where he protects the family from a dangerous pair of cobras, Nag and Nagaina. Rikki has already helped kill another snake, Karait, who almost killed the English boy, Teddy. Now he has learned of the cobras’ plot to kill the human family and prepares to battle the evil Nag.