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Allandrel: The description of Rikki-Tiki Tavi turning his back on "his own people" makes no sense. How are the snakes "his won people?" He's a mongoose. Snakes are his prey. He'd be killing snakes even if the British never came to India.

dcchild: And I'm pretty sure Rudyard Kipling would regard a native who chooses to work for the British as one of the "good guys". When Kipling wrote "The White Man's Burden", he wasn't being sarcastic.

Rebochan: I removed the reference. As stated, he is a mongoose. His prey are snakes. They are not "his own people" and whatever troper thought that was clearly trying to make a comment about the work that didn't exist.