© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement