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One account of western colloquial diction can be seen when Twain (being the first narrator), transfers the "monotonous narrative"(184) over to his character Simon Wheeler. Simon's use of bad diction as he describes Jim Smiley as being the "curiosest man"(184), reveals to the reader Smiley's uneducated colloquial vernacular.
The second narrator Smiley continues to reveal this language as he depicts the story of the "15 minute nag"(184). He describes the old nag as "fetching up" to the other horse in the old nag's supposed race for money. The old, worn-out nag and diction adds color and simplicity to the readers, further indicating Twain's ability to portray the characters as almost child-like and common.
Another account continues as Twain's narrator Simon persists with the use of his diction, as he describes the "monstrous pride" that Jim Smiley has for his newfound frog. Smiley states that he "ketched a frog"(185), and named him Dan'l Webster, who was a well-known mountain man of that time period. Mark Twain uses Dan'l Webster as the talented, but rough mountain man who would fit right in with Simon's (the narrator's) descriptive inference. He also uses the slang "ketched" to add color and infer Smiley's lower class and uneducated upbringing, typical of what Twain wants to portray of the Americans in early California mining camps.
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