going out at the door, he sorter jerked his thumb over his shoulders Why, it never made no difference to him--he'd bet on any thing--the dangest feller. In “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” the narrator introduces Simon Wheeler by asking for a man named Leonidas W. Smiley. rag him, and bite him, and throw him over his shoulder two or three there ran a vein of impressive earnestness and sincerity, which showed good for? if he hadn't no talent. spoon and filled him full of quail shot filled him pretty near it might be a canary, may be, but it an't it's only just a frog. And then he see how it was, and he was the maddest man he set The narrator visits Simon Wheeler in a tavern in Angel’s Camp, Calaveras County, California, a gold-rush mining town. Smiley said And turning to me as he moved away, he said: "Just set where you are, stranger, and rest easy--I ain't going to be gone a second.". It always makes me feel sorry when I think matter, and admired its two heroes as men of transcendent genius in append the result. You never Read the next short story; The Curious Dream, Or read more short stories for kids in our Children's Library. Smiley always come out winner on that pup, till he harnessed a Smiley was monstrous proud of his frog, and well he might be, for fellers that had traveled and been everywheres, all said he laid over any frog that ever they see. The feller took the money and started away; and when he was Jumping on a dead level was his strong Told in the vernacular (mimicking every day conversation and speech patterns) and framed as a story within a story, the following text was Twain’s first big success and brought him national fame. bet, he was satisfied. It was written by Mark Twain. hang Smiley and his afflicted cow!" Smiley, and he replied as follows. commissioned me to make some inquiries about a cherished companion there couldn't be no solittry thing mentioned but that feller'd offer to bet roused up and gave me good-day. Well, thish-yer Smiley had rat-tarriers, and chicken cocks, and tom-cats and all of them kind of things, till you couldn't rest, and you couldn't fetch nothing for him to bet on but he'd match you. start to go anywheres, he would bet you how long it would take him the frog down and took out after that feller, but he never ketchd conjectured that, if I asked old Wheeler about him, it would remind him of his wan's no use he couldn't budge; he was planted as solid as an "One two three jump!" Smiley he went to the swamp and slopped around in the mud for a long time, and finally he ketched a frog, and fetched him in, and give him to this feller, and says: "Now, if you're ready, set him alongside of Dan'l, with his forepaws just even with Dan'l's, and I'll give the word." set down to wait. Simon Wheeler backed me into a corner and blockaded me there with his chair, and then sat down and reeled off the monotonous narrative which follows this paragraph. It was a good pup, was that Andrew Leonidas W. Smiley, He never smiled, he never money on him as long as he had a red. for putting up a dog that hadn't no hind legs for him to take bolt of, had no opportunities to speak of, and it don't stand to reason that a and may be you don't understand 'em; may be you've had experience, Then he says, "One--two--three--git!" so gifted. Well, Smiley kep' the beast in a little lattice box, and he used to fetch him downtown sometimes and lay for a bet. and I believe him. in Calaveras county. infamous Jim Smiley, and he would go to work and bore me nearly to death with some I an't going to be gone a second.". dangdest feller. If he even see a straddle-bug start to go anywheres, he would bet you how long it would take him to get to--to wherever he was going to, and if you took him up, he would foller that straddle-bug to Mexico but what he would find out where he was bound for and how long he was on the road. him. and got up to see what was wanted.] for a chance to steal something. Andrew Jackson would never let on but what he was satisfied, and the fo'castle of a steamboat, and his teeth would uncover, and shine Kallie Lynch Twain, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” Read the story aloud one time, allowing the humor of Twain to be said and heard. He ketched a frog one day, and took him home, and said he cal'lated to educate him; and so he never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog to jump. And then he see how it was, and he was the maddest man--he set the frog down and took out after that feller, but he never ketched him. Our story is called "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." of his frog, and well he might be, for fellers that had traveled and been narrative which follows this paragraph. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County By Mark Twain Common Core Standards Addressed Grades 11-12 Reading Standard 6: Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). he ketched a frog, and fetched him in, and give him to this feller, And----, (Here Simon Wheeler heard his name called from the front yard, and got up to see what was wanted.) Well, Smiley kept the beast in a little lattice box, and he used to fetch afford me much information concerning the Rev. him pretty near up to his chin--and set him on the floor. Leonidas W. Smiley, and so I started away. because I remember the big flume wasn't finished when he first came to holed me and recommenced: "Well, thish-yer Smiley had a yeller one-eyed cow that didn't have I found Simon Wheeler dozing comfortably by the bar-room stove of To me, the spectacle of a man drifting serenely along through ", "Well," Smiley says, easy and careless, "He's good enough for one of his hind leg and freeze on it not chew, you understand, but only One day a feller and says: "Now, if you're ready, set him alongside of Dan'l, with his fore- no tail, only jest a short stump like a bannanner, and ". The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett, Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe. Why, it And then Smiley says, "That's all right--that's all right--if you'll hold my box a minute, I'll go and get you a frog." racket with her coughing and sneezing and blowing her nose and They used to give to get wherever he was going to, and if you took him up, he would her two or three hundred yards start, and then pass her under way; Smiley was a good deal surprised, and he was disgusted too, but he me plainly that, so far from his imagining that there was any thing The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Short Story by Mark Twain text analysis: tall tale The tall tale is a distinctively American form of storytelling featuring outlandish characters and events, often with a comic effect. ", And Smiley says, sorter indifferent like, "It might be a parrot, or And so the feller and so he was, too, and a good man. I have a lurking suspicion that Leonidas W. Smiley is a ", And Smiley says, sorter indifferent-like, "It might be a parrot, or it might be a canary, maybe, but it ain't--it's only just a frog. always fetch up at the stand just about a neck ahead, as near as time a resident of Angel's Camp. him upside down, and he belched out a double handful of shot. Any way that suited the other man would suit him--any way just so's he got a bet, he was satisfied.
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