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antionette93 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM via web

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How does the narrator hear the story of the jumping frog in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 22, 2010 at 11:04 AM (Answer #1)

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In the story, the narrator is asked by a friend of his to see if he can find anything out about a guy named Leonidas Smiley.  Smiley was a friend of the narrator's friend.

So the narrator goes and talks to a guy named Simon Wheeler.  Wheeler starts to tell him all kinds of tall tales.  The stories all have to do with the exploits of a guy named Jim Smiley.  Jim Smiley is supposed to have been a real gambler and Wheeler tells all sorts of tall tales about Smiley's gambling.   Among these tall tales is the story of the jumping frog.

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