George Orwell works as the sub divisional police officer of Mullein, a town in the British Colony of Burma. He is hated by most of the village they never do a revolt, they express their disgust by harassing Europeans at every opportunity.
One day, a incident takes place he receives a call from another police officer informing him that a elephant has been causing damage around town. The people tell him that it is harmless it just got out and they can't contain him.
Orwell goes to the place the elephant was last spotted, he tries to figure out the story because it makes less and less sense. he thinks it a hoax then he hears a person yelling the labor is being skinned alive by the rouge elephant.
Orkwell asked for a gun that was strong enough to kill a elephant. The locals say he's in a nearby rice paddy. The towns people whjo were not intrested in the elephant follow him because he has a gun and there excited to see him shot.
The crowd reaches the rice paddies. He dose not want to kill the aniamal because it was calmy eating grass he makes the decision that he is not going to kil them. Then he looks behind him the crowd is waiting on him to shoot his gun Orwell feels like he's a magican.