Mark Twain

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“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain is one of Twain’s many stories that depicts his use of local color and regionalism. The story starts off with an unnamed character receiving a letter from a friend asking him to apprehend more information about Reverend Leonidas Smiley. The narrator believes that Leonidas Smiley never came to the mining camp and that this trip is a waste of his time. Once he arrives at the tavern he searches for Simon Wheeler, who supposedly knows of Reverend Smiley. As he begins to speak Wheeler recalls another man, Jim Smiley, who was at the camp. Jim Smiley, a gambler, would bet on anything and everything that he thought he could make a profit off of. He rarely lost any of the bets and was very lucky. His luck ran out when he met a stranger who shared his skills. Smiley bet that his frog could out jump any frog in the county and the stranger was willing to take that bet. While Smiley went off to find the stranger a frog; the stranger filled Smiley’s frog with gunpowder. Once Smiley returned to the stranger with the frog they had the r...

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