| Quote #4
So he set there a good while thinking and thinking to hisself, and then he got the frog out and prized his mouth open and took a tea- spoon and filled him full of quail shot filled him pretty near up to his chin and set him on the floor. 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:
The stranger cheats and wins the bet. Smiley, ironically, is clueless – mostly because, although he fools others with his animals, he doesn’t cheat. He’s clever, but he isn’t a liar. In a way, he’s actually kind of innocent. The reason that he didn’t suspect the stranger of trickery beforehand is that he has an expectation that other people have a core decency that won’t allow them to break the rules entirely.
| Quote #5
But, by your leave, I did not think that a continuation of the history of the enterprising vagabond Jim Smiley would be likely to afford me much information concerning the Rev. Leonidas W. Smiley, and so I started away. (para. 19-22)
The narrator realizes he’s been tricked, just like Smiley. Although the narrator seems to have good manners and talks well, he’s kind of sneaky and tactless when he tries to escape from the bar without Wheeler noticing him.