The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by

Mark Twain

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Like many of Jim Smiley’s animals, his mare looks weak and unhealthy. Its appearance is deceiving, however, because it often wins races. Smiley has trained the horse to hold back in the race until the very end so that it can suddenly pull ahead of the other horses and unexpectedly win. This allows Smiley to up his bets with people who don’t think his mare will win, consequently making Smiley more money.

The Mare Quotes in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

The The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County quotes below are all either spoken by The Mare or refer to The Mare. 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

“They used to give her two or three hundred yards, start, and then pass her under way; but always at the fag end of the race she'd get excited and desperate like, and come cavorting and straddling up, and scattering her legs around limber, sometimes in the air, and sometimes out to one side among the fences, and kicking up m-o-r-e dust and raising m-o-r-e racket with her coughing and sneezing and blowing her nose-and always fetch up at the stand just about a neck ahead as near as you could cipher it down.”

Related Characters: Simon Wheeler (speaker), Jim Smiley, Narrator, The Mare
Page Number: 3
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Wheeler recounts how Smiley once trained an unassuming mare to be a racing horse. The mare looked very sickly and always ran at the... (full context)