This story was written by Mark Twain and adapted into Special English by Karen Leggett. He told me to wait but I did not think that more stories about Jim Smiley would give me any more information about Leonidas W. Wheeler could tell me anything about this Leonidas W. We have provided explanations of some of the expressions after the story. 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.
He set the frog down and took out after that man but he never caught him. Smiley, I would feel under many obligations to him. If there was a cat-fight, he would take the risk. A westerner comes into town and interacts with the eastern people of Calaveras County. Then he would fall down on the floor again like a ball of dirt and start rubbing the side of his head with his back foot as if he had no idea he had been doing any more than any frog might do. He never smiled, he never frowned, he never changed his voice from the gentle-flowing key to which he tuned the initial sentence, he never betrayed the slightest suspicion of enthusiasm; but all through the interminable narrative there ran a vein of impressive earnestness and sincerity, which showed me plainly that, so far from his imagining that there was any thing ridiculous or funny about his story, he regarded it as a really important matter, and admired its two heroes as men of transcendent genius in finesse.
If there was a chicken-fight, he would try to win money on it. Then he would fall down on the floor again like a ball of dirt and start rubbing the side of his head with his back foot as if he had no idea he had been doing any more than any frog might do. While Jim is away, the stranger pours down Dan'l's throat. Shortly after his father's death in 1847, when Clemens was twelve, his father passed away. One day a stranger entered the camp. I saw that he was fat and had no hair, and had a gentle and simple look upon his peaceful face. The other dog was going to win and Smiley's dog looked surprised and did not try to win the fight anymore.
Dan'l just lifted up his body but could not move at all. Smiley owns many feeble-looking animals and trains them to be fierce fighters and racers. Eastern publications followed a British-style humor, and often had to explain to their audience which sections of their publications were funny and why. Then all of a sudden Smiley's dog would grab that other dog by his back leg and hang on till the men said it was over. This nod suggests a respect for the differing forces that made up American culture. Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result. At this point of the story, Wheeler is interrupted and leaves momentarily, giving the narrator his chance to escape and continue his search for the Reverend Leonidas Smiley.
Jumping on a dead level was his strong suit, you understand; and when it come to that, Smiley would ante up money on him as long as he had a red. I think it must be a case of history actually repeating itself, and not a case of a good story floating down the ages and surviving because too good to be allowed to perish. He was a good dog, and would have made a name for himself if he had lived, for he had intelligence. 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. Throughout his life, Twain worked as a printer, typesetter, riverboat pilot, miner, journalist, writer, and author. Twain uses local dialect throughout the story. I let him go on in his own way, and never stopped him once.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. If there was a horse-race, you'd find him flush, or you'd find him busted at the end of it; if there was a dog-fight, he'd bet on it; if there was a cat-fight, he'd bet on it; if there was a chicken-fight, he'd bet on it; why, if there was two birds setting on a fence, he would bet you which one would fly first; or if there was a camp-meeting, he would be there reg'lar, to bet on Parson Walker, which he judged to be the best exhorter about here, and so he was, too, and a good man. He later wrote: To think that, after writing many an article a man might be excused for thinking tolerably good, those New York people should single out a villainous backwoods sketch to compliment me on—a squib which would never have been written but to please , and then it reached New York too late to appear in his book. If you will hold my box a minute, I will go and get you a frog. I added that if Mr. Furious, Jim chased after the stranger, but he was unable to catch him. Twain not only depicts the polished Easterner as something of a buffoon, but he also uses the vernacular Western dialect to enhance his story.
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 to death with some exasperating reminiscence of him as long and as tedious as it should be useless to me. I added that, if Mr. As I said before, I asked him to tell me what he knew of Rev. Smiley always come out the winner on that dog, at least until he found a dog once that did not have any back legs. Since most people knew the local news before the newspaper was distributed, hoaxes served as huge sources of amusement for readers. Such oral stories, and their written counterparts, proved popular, and the spinning of tall tales soon developed into an art form. When he turned the frog upside down, out poured several handfuls of quail-shot.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001: 10. He was the most unusual man. Faro, roulette, rondo, and blackjack were also commonly played. This event takes place on the third weekend in May at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds and gives everyone the opportunity to jump a frog and potentially win a handsome cash prize. Mark Twain in the 1860s Samuel Clemens, the brilliant American humorist and storyteller, spent a short time here in Calaveras County on the look out for adventures, no doubt in the winter of 1864-1865. After his father death, he applied for an apprenticeship at the local-printing shop.
And if he could not do that, he would change sides. I did as my friend asked me to do and this story is the result. The way that the characters behave is very distinctive. It is voted the best thing of its day. 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. Smiley was very proud of his frog, and people who had traveled and been everywhere all said he was better than any frog they had ever seen.
However, the date of retrieval is often important. Parson Walker's wife was very sick once, for a long time, and it seemed as if they were not going to save her. The next year, 20,000 people showed up for the contest and 500 frogs were entered, including one shipped from France. You never seen a frog so honest and simple as he was, for all he was so skilled. On one occasion, DeQuille reported the discovery of small stones that, when scattered, suddenly rushed together towards a center and huddled up like a bunch of eggs in a nest. When Smiley had explained, the stranger challenged him to a frog-jumping contest, but then claimed he needed a frog.