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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

  

by Mark Twain

Simon Wheeler Timeline and Summary

  • Wheeler is dozing at the tavern when the narrator arrives. He’s described as pudgy and bald-headed, with an expression of simplicity and winning gentleness.
  • When the narrator asks about the Reverend Leonidas W. Smiley, Wheeler backs the narrator into a corner and launches into a monologue—not about the good Reverend but about Jim Smiley, a man who loved to gamble.
  • Wheeler is interrupted and called away to the door. He tells the narrator to wait, and when he returns, he starts telling the narrator about Smiley’s one-eyed yellow cow that lacked a tail. He doesn’t get to finish his tall tale because the narrator rushes out so that he doesn’t have to hear any more.

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