What is a good quotation from the short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"? Please relate to regionalism.

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Regionalism is the portrayal of the character, atmosphere, beliefs and priorities of a particular region of a country.  This story most portrays the region of "Calaveras County", and in particular, the mining camps that sprung up there during the California Gold Rush.

The following quote displays regionalism in a number of ways.  Through the descripition of the dog fight, readers are given the impression of a people whose leisure time is spent on watcing and betting on violent and vicious animal fights.  This suggests a lack of civilization and gentility.  Also, in calling the dog "Andrew Jackson", Twain reinforces the idea of toughness vs. refinement, and of frontier life and behavior.  (as these were the things that Andrew Jackson was known for:

But as soon as money was up on him he was a different dog; his under-jaw'd begin to stick out like the fo'castle of a steamboat, and his teeth would uncover and shine like the furnaces. And a dog might tackle him and bully-rag him, and bite him, and throw him over his shoulder two or three times, and Andrew Jackson—which was the name of the pup—Andrew Jackson would never let on but what he was satisfied, and hadn't expected nothing else—and the bets being doubled and doubled on the other side all the time, till the money was all up

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