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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County


by Mark Twain

Dan’l Webster Timeline and Summary

  • Smiley catches a frog, names it Dan’l Webster and spends three months training him.
  • Dan’l learns to jump high and land like a cat.
  • Smiley enters Dan'l into a contest, betting against a stranger that Dan'l can outjump any frog. Smiley leaves Dan’l alone with the stranger, and the stranger fills him with quail shot.
  • When the contest begins, Dan’l is unable to move.
  • Smiley picks Dan’l up and he weighs about five pounds.
  • Dan’l burps out some quail shot.