Rudyard Kipling

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Nag’s Hood

Nag draws deliberate attention to his hood—and more importantly the symbol on it—as a gift from the great god Brahm. It marks Nag as representative of India without British rule: dangerous, cruel, and ruling…

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Human Food

The food from the human table is presented as a reward for Rikki-tikki, along with being petted by Teddy and his parents and being allowed to sleep in Teddy’s bed at night. As such…

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The Cobra Hole

The cobra hole is the spot beneath the ground where Nagaina retreats in her final battle with Rikki-tikki. It’s also the location of the story’s climax, where Nagaina is at her most dangerous but…

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