"As soon as I saw the elephant, I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him. ... And suddenly I realized that I should have to shoot the elephant after all."
Man vs. Self
"The sole thought in my mind was that if anything went wrong, those two thousand Burmans would see me pursued, caught, trampled on, and reduced to a grinning corpse like that Indian up the hill."
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Nature
"I was a poor shot with a rifle and the ground was soft mud into which one would sink at every step. If the elephant charged and I missed him, I should have about as much chance as a toad under a steam roller."