Riki Tiki Tavi, by Rudyard Kipling
1. Do you feel any sympathy for Nag or Nageena at all? It can be argued that--from their point-of-view--they were trying to make a safe home for their many children. Does Kipling giving them evil personalities make them effective villains?
2. Does Kipling achieve a "Suspension of Disbelief?" Do you accept the story as "real" even though the animals can think and communicate with one another?