Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

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In Mark Twain’s “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” Simon Wheeler told the story of a gambler, Jim Smiley, and his frog. In describing Smiley’s love for betting, Twain mentions a number of animals including dogs and frogs. The humor within the story is twofold. First is the story of the stranger who messes with Smiley’s frog and scams him out of his money. And second is the fact that the retelling of the story appears to be pointless altogether, since Jim Smiley isn’t of any relation to Leonidas W. Smiley whom the narrator was actually looking for. Therefore, as it often happens with gossip, the information is not central to what someone was actually trying to find out.

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