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The Second Jungle Book is a sequel to The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. First published in 1895, it features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories, all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in living in Vermont. All of the stories were previously published in magazines in 1894-5, often under different titles. The book is less well-known than the original.

Stories in The Second Jungle Book:Edit

  • "How Fear Came": This story takes place before Mowgli fights Shere Khan. During a drought, Mowgli and the animals gather at a shrunken river for a 'water truce', during which Hathi the elephant tells the other jungle people about how the tiger got his stripes and why they have a certain right. This story can be seen as a forerunner of the Just So Stories.
  • "The King's Ankus": Mowgli discovers a jewelled object which he later discards carelesslly, not realising that men will kill each other to possess it. Note: the first edition of The Second Jungle Book inadvertently omits the final 500 words of this story, in which Mowgli returns the treasure to its hiding-place to prevent further killings. Although the error was corrected in later printings, it was picked up by some later editions.
  • "Letting In the Jungle": Mowgli has been driven out of the human village for witchcraft, and the superstitious villagers are preparing to kill his adopted parents Messua and her (unnamed) husband. Mowgli rescues them and then prepares to take revenge.
  • "Red Dog":  Mowgli and his pack hear from an outlying wolf named Won-tolla that the dhole, the red dog, are on the move. With the wolves and his friend Kaa the python, Mowgli overtakes the difficult task of stopping them.
  • "The Spring Running": Mowgli, now almost 17 years old now, goes for a spring running, and runs into his former adoptive mother, Messua. He is torn between staying with her and returning to the jungle, but he finally resolves to stay with her.  
  • "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat": An influential Indian politician abandons his worldly goods to become an ascetic holy man. Later he must save a village from a landslide with the help of the local animals.
  • "The Undertakers": A crocodile, a jackal and an adjutant stork (erroneuously referred to as a crane in the story), three of the most unpleasant characters on the river, spend an afternoon bickering with each other until some Englishmen arrive to settle some unfinished business with the crocodile.
  • "Quiquern": A young Inuit hunter and his sled dog set out across the arctic ice on a desperate hunt for food to save their tribe from starvation, guided by the mysterious animal-spirit Quiquern. But Quiquern may not be what it seems....

CharactersEdit

  • Mowgli - A jungle boy
  • Father wolf - Raksha's mate
  • Raksha - An Indian Wolf
  • Mang - A Bat
  • Bagheera - A Black panther
  • Baloo - A Sloth bear
  • Kaa - An Indian python
  • Tabaqui - A Golden jackal
  • Akela - An Indian wolf
  • Jacala - A Mugger Crocodile
  • The Red Dogs - Dholes
  • Ikki - A Porcupine
  • Hathi - An Indian elephant
  • Chil - a kite bird
  • Shere Khan - a tiger
  • monkeys

Derivative sequelsEdit

  • The Third Jungle Book, 1992 book by Pamela Jekel, consisting of new Mowgli stories, in a passable imitation of hshahahjaja

External linksEdit

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