The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by

Mark Twain

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Leonidas W. Smiley Character Analysis

The unnamed narrator originally sought out Simon Wheeler in order to ask him about a man named Leonidas W. Smiley. A friend of the narrator’s had reportedly been a childhood friend with this “young minister of the Gospel,” who had lived in Angel’s Camp at one point. However, Wheeler instead launches into a wholly unrelated story about a similarly named man called Jim Smiley.

Leonidas W. Smiley Quotes in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County quotes below are all either spoken by Leonidas W. Smiley or refer to Leonidas W. Smiley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Quotes

I have a lurking suspicion that Leonidas W. Smiley is a myth; that my friend never knew such a personage; and that he only conjectured that if I asked old Wheeler about him, it would remind him of his infamous Jim Smiley, and he would go to work and bore me to death with some exasperating reminiscence of him as long and as tedious as it should be useless to me.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Jim Smiley, Simon Wheeler, Leonidas W. Smiley
Page Number: 1
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Leonidas W. Smiley Character Timeline in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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...unnamed narrator meets a man named Simon Wheeler to ask Wheeler about another man named Leonidas W. Smiley . The narrator, a man hailing from the East, finds Wheeler “dozing comfortably by the... (full context)
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When the unnamed narrator asks Simon Wheeler about Leonidas W. Smiley , Wheeler instead launches into a long story about a different man named Jim Smiley.... (full context)
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...Rather than wait to hear more about a certain Jim Smiley, who is not the Leonidas W. Smiley that the narrator was enquiring after, the narrator leaves. The narrator meets Wheeler at the... (full context)