Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

by

Rudyard Kipling

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An aquatic rodent, similar to a beaver in some ways. Though native to North America, is has been introduced to other parts of the world, including India.

Muskrat Quotes in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The Rikki-Tikki-Tavi quotes below are all either spoken by Muskrat or refer to Muskrat. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Man and the Natural World Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Puffin edition of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi published in 1984.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Quotes

Chuchundra sat down and cried till the tears rolled off his whiskers. “I am a very poor man,” he sobbed. “I never had spirit enough to run out into the middle of the room. H’sh! I mustn’t tell you anything. Can’t you hear, Rikki-tikki?”

Rikki-tikki listened. The house was as still as still, but he thought he could just catch the faintest scratch-scratch in the world—a noise as faint as that of a wasp walking on a window-pane—the dry scratch of a snake’s scales on brick-work.

Related Characters: Chuchundra (speaker), Rikki-tikki-tavi, Nag, Teddy’s Father
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Muskrat Term Timeline in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The timeline below shows where the term Muskrat appears in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Colonialism as a Benevolent Force Theme Icon
The Importance of Family Theme Icon
Courage and Cowardice Theme Icon
That night, Rikki-tikki sets out on patrol of the house and meets the muskrat Chuchundra skulking in the shadows. Chuchundra lacks the courage to scurry into the center of... (full context)