In “TheCelebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” what does the narrator believe about his experience with Simon Wheeler?

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First of all, the narrator in “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” asks for information about a man named Leonidas Smiley and is given a story by Simon Wheeler about a man named Jim Smiley.  So, one of the narrator’s feelings toward Wheeler is frustration because he is being told a story that he does not want to hear.  The narrator also feels that Wheeler’s story is boring and monotonous, and he can not wait for the story to come to an end.  The reader knows this because as soon as there is a break in Wheeler’s story when his name is called from across the bar, the narrator runs out of the bar as fast as he can.

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