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  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County

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    The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is a short story in which a narrator is tricked into listening to a long-winded tale about Jim Smiley, a man who once caught a frog and trained it to jump, betting that it could jump further than any other frog. A stranger takes him up on that bet, but cheats and fills Jim's frog with lead. The narrator escapes before having to hear about more of Jim's exploits. This story, which catapulted Mark Twain to fame in the 1860s, is a humorous tale that plays on themes of deceit, cunning, and competition.