"That night, Rikki wandered around inside the house. He met Chuchundra the muskrat, a little ratlike animal. Chuchundra was very scared. "Don't kill me!" cried Chuchundra. "Why would I kill you??" said Rikki-Tikki scornfully."
"There he heard Nag and Nagaina whispering in the drainpipe. "Go in quietly, and kill the big man first," said Nagaina. "Are you sure we should kill the people?" said Nag "Of course. The mongoose will leave if we kill them. Then we can be king and queen of the garden."
"Darzee's wife had more common sense. She didn't want young cobras around. She helped Rikki by fluttering around, pretending her wing was broken."