Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Quotes.

1. "The motto of all the mongoose family is, "Run and find out," and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose."
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

2. "Hear what little Red-Eye saith: Nag, come up and dance with death!"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

3. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" At the hole where he went in Red-Eye called to Wrinkle-Skin. Hear what little Red-Eye saith: "Nag, come up and dance with death!" Eye to eye and head to head, (Keep the measure, Nag.) This shall end when one is dead; (At thy pleasure, Nag.) Turn for turn and twist for twist-- (Run and hide thee, Nag.) Hah! The hooded Death has missed! (Woe betide thee, Nag!)"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

4. "One day, a high summer flood washed him out of the burrow where he lived with his father and mother, and carried him, kicking and clucking, down a roadside ditch. He found a"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

5. "Darzee’s Chant (Sung in honor of Rikki-tikki-tavi) Singer and tailor am I– Doubled the joys that I know– Proud of my lilt to the sky, Proud of the house that I sew– Over and under, so weave I my music–so weave I the house that I sew. Sing to your fledglings again, Mother, oh lift up your head! Evil that plagued us is slain, Death in the garden lies dead. Terror that hid in the roses is impotent–flung on the dung-hill and dead! Who has delivered us, who? Tell me his nest and his name. Rikki, the valiant, the true, Tikki, with eyeballs of flame, Rikk-tikki-tikki, the ivory-fanged, the hunter with eyeballs of flame!"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

6. "At the hole where he went in Red-Eye called to Wrinkle-Skin. Hear what little Red-Eye saith: Nag, come up and dance with death! Eye to eye and head to head,      (Keep the measure, Nag.) This shall end when one is dead;      (At thy pleasure, Nag.) Turn for turn and twist for twist–      (Run and hide thee, Nag.) Hah! The hooded Death has missed!      (Woe betide thee, Nag!)"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

7. "Well, said Rikki-tikki, and his tail began to fluff up again, marks or no marks, do you think it is right for you to eat fledglings out of a nest?"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

8. "He had forgotten the egg. It still lay on the veranda, and Nagaina came nearer and nearer to it, till at last, while Rikki-tikki was drawing breath, she caught it in her mouth, turned to the veranda steps, and flew like an arrow down the path, with Rikki-tikki behind her. When the cobra runs for her life, she goes like a whip-lash flicked across a horse’s neck."
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

9. "At the hole where he went in Red-Eye called to Wrinkle-Skin. Hear what little Red-Eye saith: Nag, come up and dance with death!"
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

10. "THIS IS THE STORY of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bathrooms of the big bungalow in Segowlee cantonment. Darzee, the Tailorbird, helped him, and Chuchundra, the musk-rat, who never comes out into the middle of the floor, but always creeps round by the wall, gave him advice, but Rikki-tikki did the real fighting."
- Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

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