The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by

Mark Twain

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The Stranger Character Analysis

The stranger in Wheeler’s story comes to the mining town of Angel’s Camp and strikes up a conversation with Jim Smiley. When Smiley boasts that his frog, Dan’l Webster, can out-jump any frog in Calaveras County, the stranger responds sadly that he would accept the 40-dollar bet, if only he had a frog. Smiley promptly entrusts the stranger with Webster and goes to the swamp to catch another frog for his new acquaintance. While Smiley is gone, the stranger fills Webster with quail-shot so that he can’t jump. This enables the stranger to win the competition and take off with Smiley’s 40 dollars.

The Stranger 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 Stranger or refer to The Stranger. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Dell edition of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County published in 1957.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Quotes

“And the feller studied a minute, and then says, kinder sad-like, ‘Well, I'm only a stranger here, and I ain’t got no frog; but if I had a frog, I'd bet you.'”

Related Characters: Simon Wheeler (speaker), The Stranger (speaker), Jim Smiley, Narrator
Page Number: 5
Explanation and Analysis:

“[…] the new frog hopped off lively, but Dan'l give a heave, and hysted up his shoulders—so—like a Frenchman, but it warn't no use—he couldn't budge; he was planted as solid as a church, and he couldn't no more stir than if he was anchored out.”

Related Characters: Simon Wheeler (speaker), Jim Smiley, Narrator, The Stranger
Related Symbols: Smiley’s Pets’ Names
Page Number: 6
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Stranger Character Timeline in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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One day, a stranger came to town. Jim Smiley had brought Dan’l Webster downtown in a box in order... (full context)
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The stranger took the box holding Dan’l Webster from Jim Smiley and carefully analyzed the frog. Upon... (full context)
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...Smiley’s bet that his frog, Dan’l Webster, could outjump any frog in the county, the stranger said, in a “kinder sad-like” voice, that he was only a stranger there and had... (full context)
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After hearing that the stranger would accept the bet if only he had a frog, Jim Smiley hastily decided to... (full context)
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While Jim Smiley was off catching a frog in the muddy swamp, the stranger sat with the box holding Dan’l Webster and waited, thinking. Eventually, he took Webster out... (full context)
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Jim Smiley returned from the swamp with another frog in hand for the stranger to use in his bet. Smiley placed both frogs down, counted to three, and both... (full context)
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After accepting the winnings from the bet from Jim Smiley, the stranger left. As he exited through the door, he jerked his thumb over his shoulder and... (full context)
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...upside-down and was enraged when quail-shot fell out of him. Infuriated, Smiley chased after the stranger but could never find him. (full context)