Can someone give me a one page summary of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling?Please don't use difficult words because then my teacher won't believe I did that. THANKS. ;)

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The purpose of eNotes is NOT to write papers for students so that they can turn them in to their teachers pretending that they are their own. I will provide you with a short summary of Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," but I will simply list some facts. Hopefully you will rewrite your essay from scratch using the information I have provided. Better yet, read the story again and write your essay yourself.

  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose.
  • Rikki is found by Teddy, a boy who lives in the bungalow that includes the garden where Rikki lives.
  • Teddy's father allows Rikki to sleep with Teddy.
  • The family grows to respect Rikki.
  • Rikki tangles with a pair of cobras in the garden the next day. It is his first battle with a snake.
  • Rikki saves Teddy from a smaller but poisonous snake, endearing him further to the family.
  • Rikki learns that the cobras, Nag and Nagaina, may return to the bungalow that night. Rikki kills Nag, but Nagaina escapes.
  • The next day, Rikki kills Nagaina's eggs, preventing the birth of any more deadly cobras.
  • When Rikki returns to the veranda of the bungalow, he finds Nagaina preparing to strike at the family.
  • Rikki lures Nagaina with her last remaining egg, and Rikki follows her into her underground home. The other animals in the garden believe Rikki will be killed.
  • But Rikki emerges from the hole, having killed Nagaina, and he remains with the family for the rest of his life.

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