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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.