Summarize what happens after Smiley meets the stranger.
Smiley bets the stranger that his frog will out-jump any frog. When Smiley leaves to find a competitor, the stranger fills Smiley’s frog with quail shot, making him too heavy to jump. Smiley loses the bet.
In this selection, one story serves as a frame for another story. Why might Mark Twain have chosen this structure?
Twain contrasts Wheeler’s colorful regional language with the narrator’s dry Standard English. The frame structure permits Twain to comment on Wheeler and his story. The narrator’s departure also provides a logical conclusion.
Smiley’s Yaller Cow : Tell your version of the story of Smiley’s “yaller one-eyed cow,” using Simon Wheeler as the narrator. In your story, bend the standard rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling in order to accurately represent Wheeler’s manner of speaking. Try to include as many humorous exaggerations as you can.