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For centuries the Little People had hived and swarmed from cleft to cleft, and swarmed again, staining the white marble with stale honey, and made their combs tall and deep in the dark of the inner caves, where neither man nor beast nor fire nor water had ever touched them. The length of the gorge on both sues was hung as it were with black shimmery velvet curtains, and Mowgli sank as he looked, for those were the clotted millions of the sleeping bees.


This is from “Red Dog” in The Second Jungle Book.

Mowgli has sought advice from Kaa, the great python, on how to deal with the dholes, the red dogs whose pack is threatening his wolves and their territory. He will lead them into a trap, where they will be attacked by the deadly wild bees of India.