Nobody can argue that the book right above is in good shape. Doesn’t matter, It did remind me today of how Jim Corbett puts that devilishly sweet old english of his to great use.
When it comes to describing an underdog situation in the context of a ruthless (animal) predator, people usually resort to some variation of the “no longer top of the food chain” paradigm.
Corbett has his own way of describing such: being stalked by a man eating tiger gives you an ego complex like nothing else.
Or when he sympathized with the rest of his group who rapidly stampeded upon a tiger charge: if I didn’t have a gun, I would have run with the best.