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  • In the story the unnamed narrator meets a man named Simon Wheeler in a California mining town.
  • Soon Simon begins telling the narrator a story of the day that the betting man lost. One day Leonidas W. Smiley finds a frog and swears that all he needs is education.
  • Someone tells smiley if he had a frog he would bet smiley.
  • In the Story the narrator uses the vocabulary word monotonous to help the reader understand his feelings about the myth, "Simon Wheeler backed me into a corner and blockaded me there with his chair, and then sat down and reeled off the monotonous narrative..." (Twain, 3)
  • Smiley tells the man if you hold my frog, I'll go get you one don'. So smiley goes off and gets the man a frog.
  • In the story the author uses a hyperbole to get his point across about the infamous myth of Leonidas W. Smiley, "...there was a cat fight, he’d bet on it; if there was a chicken fight, he’d bet on it; why, if there was two birds setting on a fence, he would bet you which one would fly first..." (Twain, 4)
  • Little does Smiley know the man put a bunch of  pebbles in his mouth to weigh him down.
  • So the frogd jump and the mans frog wins and smiley gives him the money really confused that he just lost he scratches his head as the man walks away with the money.
  • Wheeler uses idiomatic expressions because when he picks up the frog he uses an idiom, "Why, blame my cats, if he don't weigh five pound!" (Twain, 4)
  • Wheeler uses dialect by pronouncing words differently than we would, and Twain writes them as they sound.  For examples certian words like “solittry,” for solitary, “reg'lar” for regular, and  “feller'd” for feller would (Twain, 1&2).
  • Wheeler uses idiomatic expressions, or cultural figurative expressions.  For example, when he picks up the frog he uses an idiom. "Why, blame my cats, if he don't weigh five pound!" (p. 4)
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