Please give me a character sketch of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in Rudyard Kipling's short story, ''Rikki Tikki Tavi".

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In Rudyard Kipling's short story, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the mongoose for whom the story is named is the main character.  Rikki is found by the white family living in a house in India, and Rikki is brought into the house as it is common knowledge that a mongoose is the enemy of snakes which are prevalent in India.  Basically, the story is the triumph of good over evil or Rikki's triumph despite his fear over the king cobras who live in the garden. Nag, the male cobra, is killed first, and then Nagaina is killed last as she wants to protect her eggs.  Rikki displays courage, loyalty, cleverness, and daring as he manages to kill both snakes and is rewarded by being admitted to the house as a permanent resident.