Why was Darzee's wife said to be a sensible bird?

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In Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," Darzee's wife is said to be the more sensible bird because, unlike Darzee, she can imagine what will happen if Nagaina's eggs hatch.  When Darzee realizes that Rikki-Tikki-Tavi intends to destroy Nagaina's eggs, he can only focus on the fact that "Nagaina's children were born in eggs like his own."  Because he is so focused on that, he fails to see that, if those eggs hatch, there will be more baby cobras in the garden.  Darzee's wife understands this, and so she agrees to pretend her wing is broken to distract Nagaina and give Rikki time to destroy the eggs.  Darzee's ability to predict the consequences of Nagaina's eggs hatching makes her a sensible bird.


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