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What happens between Rikki and Karait?
What happens when Rikki meets Karait? He kills him and saves Teddy. He doesn’t eat him, as is the custom, because he wants to stay thin and quick/fast.
Why did Karait get killed by Rikki Tikki?
Rikki-tikki killed Karait because Karait threatened to harm Teddy. The fight between Karait and Rikki-tikki is very brief, and the build-up to it is even more brief. The text says Rikki-tikki was ready to be petted.
What happens after Rikki Tikki Tavi Kills Karait?
After he has killed Karait, we are told that Rikki-tikki-tavi is “thoroughly enjoying himself.” He doesn’t seem to experience any guilt or remorse for killing the snake. On the contrary, however, we are told that the snake is very dangerous and could have done significant damage to the family.
Why did Rikki Tikki eat Karait?
Rikki-tikki-tavi is a mongoose, so killing and eating snakes is pretty much what he does. In other words, if he’s too full from eating Karait, he won’t be quick enough to carry out his duties in defending Teddy and his family from other snakes.
Why did Karait get killed by Rikki-Tikki?
Karait is a “brown snakeling,” meaning he is a young brown snake. There are two main types… Rikki-tikki killed Karait because Karait threatened to harm Teddy. The fight between Karait and Rikki-tikki is very brief, and the build-up to it is even more brief.
What was the purpose of Rikki Tikki-Tavi’s life?
Rikki-tikki-tavi was raised by his mother to know the purpose of his life was to kill and eat snakes. She also taught him how desirable it is to live in the house of men, so Rikki quickly bonds with the family that saves him. After his encounter with Nag and Nagaina, Rikki encounters Karait.
What does Rikki Tikki the House mongoose do?
Karait was about to bite Teddy. As a house mongoose, it is Rikki-tikki’s job to protect the household and garden from snakes. While he focuses most of his time on the bigger snakes, such as the pair of cobras, there are also smaller snakes around.
What happens if Rikki misses Karait in the wrong place?
If Rikki misses or strikes Karait in the wrong place, he could die. Before the encounter, Kipling explains that the idea that a mongoose knows about a magic herb to protect it from a snake bite is a myth. All they have is their courage and quickness in defense against an attack from a snake.