At the hole where he went in

(notes edited by Philip Holberton)


The heading to “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” in The Jungle Book (1894). A four and an eight-line verse in the First American and Standard editions, but a single twelve-line verse in the First English Edition. Collected as a Chapter Heading in Songs from Books (1912) and subsequent collections.

Notes on the Text

[Page 163, line 2] Red eye … Wrinkle Skin Mongoose and cobra respectively. See the story p. 174 line 5: ‘when a mongoose’s eyes grow red, he is angry’.

[Page 163, line 11] the hooded Death Nag, the cobra. Cobras have a distinctive hood below their head.


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