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by Rudyard Kipling

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How does Rikki-tikki’s decision to destroy Nagaina’s eggs contribute to the story?

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Rikki-tikki's decision points the story toward its climatic battle between Rikki and Nagaina. Even though Nagaina's husband, Nag, has been killed, Rikki realizes that he must destroy her eggs to prevent more cobras in the garden. Darzee, a helpful bird, tells Rikki the location of Nagaina's eggs, then lures her away from them by pretending to have a crippled wing.

While Rikki-tikki is destroying the eggs, however, Nagaina stops chasing Darzee and instead corners Teddy to exact revenge for Teddy's father shooting Nag. Rikki saves one egg, then rushes over and taunts Nagaina, distracting her just long enough for Teddy's father to yank...

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