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Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result. I have a lurking suspicion that Leonidas W. Smiley is a myth; that my friend never knew such a personage; and that he only conjectured that, if I asked old Wheeler about him, it would remind him of his infamous Jim Smiley, and he would go to work and bore me nearly to death with some infernal reminiscence of him as long and tedious as it should be useless to me. If that was the design, it certainly succeeded. He roused up and gave me good-day.

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The narrator has been advised by his friend in the East to seek out Wheeler in order to ask him about a man named Leonidas W. The narrator begins to think that his friend tricked him into sitting through a long, rambling story. Smiley owns many feeble-looking animals and trains them to be fierce fighters and racers.

For instance, he trains his sickly looking mare to hold back in races and save all her energy for the final stretch so that she can barely win the race as an unexpected champion. Indeed, he lets other dogs attack him without fighting back while the bets are being raised.

When all the money is on the table, Jackson clamps onto the back leg of his opponent and holds on until the fight is over. One day, a stranger came to town. While speaking with the stranger, Smiley bet him 40 dollars that Webster could out-jump any frog in Calaveras County. Smiley hastily leaves for the swamp to catch another frog for the stranger, leaving Webster with the stranger in the process. While Smiley is gone, the stranger quickly fills Webster with heavy quail-shot.

When Smiley returns with another frog for the stranger, the two men place their bets and encourage their frogs to jump.

Upon discovering that the stranger cheated, Smiley is enraged but fails to catch the stranger or recovery his money. Bennett, Bonnie. Retrieved March 10, Copy to Clipboard.

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

At the request of a friend, the narrator speaks with Simon Wheeler in order to ask after a man named Leonidas W. Instead of giving the narrator the information that he asks for, Wheeler launches into a tall tale about a man named Jim Smiley. The story goes something like this: Jim Smiley was a man who would bet on anything. Sick of the long-winded tale about Jim Smiley and his frog, the narrator tries to escape from Wheeler before he launches into another story. The narrator now suspects that his friend never knew anybody named Leonidas W.

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A narrator that one must assume is none other than that world famous scribe Mark Twain. Now Smiley is not just any gamble…this guy is willing to take a roll of the dice on anything, but he specializes in games of chance involving animals. The narrator has sought out Wheeler on the advice on a friend back east who is desperately looking for information about a kid he used to know named Leonidas W. Along the way, however, the narrator arrives at the distinct conclusion that Leonidas W. As Wheeler relates it, Jim Smiley is an utter fiend for gambling on everything from which one of two birds sitting on a fence would fly away first to when the wife of a particular parson would recover from her illness…or even if she would recover at all.

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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Summary

The narrator has been advised by his friend in the East to seek out Wheeler in order to ask him about a man named Leonidas W. The narrator begins to think that his friend tricked him into sitting through a long, rambling story. Smiley owns many feeble-looking animals and trains them to be fierce fighters and racers. For instance, he trains his sickly looking mare to hold back in races and save all her energy for the final stretch so that she can barely win the race as an unexpected champion.

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