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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County


by Mark Twain

The Stranger Timeline and Summary

  • The stranger asks Smiley what he keeps in that box. Smiley tells him it’s a frog.
  • The stranger asks what the frog is good for, Smiley replies that it can outjump any frog in Calaveras County.
  • The stranger says this frog doesn’t look any better than another frog, and that he’d accept Smiley's bet if he had a frog. So Smiley goes off and gets him a frog, leaving Dan’l with the stranger.
  • The stranger looks at Dan’l Webster for a minute, then fills him up with quail shot.
  • Smiley and the stranger set the frogs beside each other and heave them off, but Dan’l Webster goes nowhere.
  • The stranger collects his forty bucks from Smiley. As he leaves, he says he still doesn’t see anything special about Dan’l Webster.