Why does Nag hide in the bathroom in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

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Nag hides in the bathroom in order to ambush and kill the man of the house.  

By this point in the story, Rikki-tikki has proven that he is a threat to Nag, Nagaina, and their eggs. He killed Karait and successfully dodged an attack from behind. Both instances show Rikki-tikki is a threatening, quick predator. Nag and Nagaina need a way to get rid of Rikki-tikki. Their plan involves killing the people in the house. They both believe that the threat that Rikki-tikki is to them will go away once the people are killed. Nagaina believes Rikki-tikki will be easier to hunt with no people around.

"Go in quietly, and remember that the big man who killed Karait is the first one to bite. Then come out and tell me, and we will hunt for Rikki-tikki together."

Nag believes that Rikki-tikki will simply leave of his own volition if the house is devoid of people.  

"I will kill the big man and his wife, and the child if I can, and come away quietly. Then the bungalow will be empty, and Rikki-tikki will go."

Either way, Nag and Nagaina agree that the man needs to be killed first. Nag's plan is to ambush the man in the bathroom because the man is not likely to be carrying a defensive weapon there.  

Now, when Karait was killed, the big man had a stick. He may have that stick still, but when he comes in to bathe in the morning he will not have a stick. I shall wait here 'till he comes.

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In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, why is Nag in Teddy's parents' bathroom?

In Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the central conflict exists between the mongoose, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and the two snakes, Nag and Nagaina.  A young boy named Teddy and his family discover Rikki-Tikki "lying in the hot sun on the middle of a garden path, very draggled indeed," and decide to bring him home to their bungalow in Segowlee Cantonment, which is an area in India that was home to a British military base. Rikki-Tikki quickly settles into his new environment, making friends with the many animals that live in the garden outside of the family's home.  

What Rikki-Tikki does not realize, however, is that the snakes, Nag and Nagaina, consider themselves the rulers of that garden and are made very unhappy by the arrival of this new pet.  Mongooses are excellent predators, and they are especially skilled at killing snakes.  Nag and Nagaina are worried not only for themselves, but also for their babies who are about to hatch.  When Rikki-Tikki kills another snake, Karait, Nag and Nagaina decide that they must get rid of Rikki-Tikki.

Nagaina decides that the best way to get rid of Rikki-Tikki is to kill the family living in the bungalow.  She explains to Nag, "When the house is emptied of people...he will have to go away, and then the garden will be our own again." In Teddy's mother's bathroom, there is a hole in the wall for water from the tub to drain out of called a sluice.  Nag decides to sneak in through there to get to the family.  He describes his plan to Nagaina, saying, "I will kill the big man and his wife, and the child if I can, and come away quietly.  Then, the bungalow will be empty, and Rikki-Tikki will go."  

Luckily, Rikki-Tikki overhears Nag and Nagaina explaining their plan and is lying in wait when Nag comes into the bathroom.  

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Why is Nag in Teddy's parents' bathroom?

Rikki overhears Nag and Nagaina plotting, and during their conversation, they decide that if they were to kill the people living in the bungalow, they could get rid of Rikki, whom they fear. Nagaina convinces Nag that they could be "king and queen of the garden" and have plenty of room for their children if the people were eliminated. Nag warms to that idea, especially since he knows how grave a danger Rikki presents to them. If he kills the people, he believes Rikki will leave, and he will not need to fight him. 

Nag has a greater sense of fear than Nagaina, or at least a greater interest in self-preservation. He would really rather avoid a fight with Rikki if he could. Similarly, fears the man. He witnessed the way the man beat the dead Kurait with a stick, and he does not want to risk that happening to him. So he devises a plan to catch the man by surprise when he is least likely to have his stick handy. He reasons, "He may have that stick still, but when he comes in to bathe in the morning he will not have a stick." Nag purposes to wait all night in the bathroom unobserved until the "cool daytime" arrives, when the man will come in to bathe. He then plans to fatally strike the man.

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