The narrator in this story is a subdivisional police officer. He is one of the police officers of/ lives in the town of Moulmein, in Lower Burma. In his town, he was hated by a large number of people.
That crazy animal has been rummaging through the town and scaring folks...You need to do something about that.
One day the narrator got a call on the phone, a subinspector at a police station, on the other side of the town called him. He asked the narrator if he could do something about an elephant. So, he went on his way to find the elephant, on a pony.
What happened? Did the elephant do this to that poor man?
Go away, child! Go away this instant!
The narrator was told, by the subinspector at a police station, that there was a tamed elephant. The tamed elephant was seen ravaging the bazaar.
During the narrator's journey, many Burmans stopped him on his way and told him about what the elephant did. It was chained up like all of the other tamed elephants are when their attack of "must" is due and it escaped the night before.
The narrator heard someone scream at the children, trying to get them to go back to their huts/ houses. There was a dead man laying on his stomach, face down in a puddle of mud. The women were trying to avert the children's eyes because they didn't want them seeing the tragedy.
The narrator went to kill the elephant, as he was told to do so. But he didn't want to and thought that the elephant was harmless. Everyone pressured him into killing the elephant. He killed the elephant because he didn't want people seeing him as weak.