The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

celebrated frogThis story was the first success of famous American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by the Mark Twain. It is about a man who loved to so much that he would bet on anything. He finds a frog and trains it to jump so well that he thinks it can further than any other frog in Calaveras County. He keeps the frog in a wooden box and often brings it into town to find people to bet with. One day a passing stranger agrees to bet against the frog, provided the man can find another frog to jump for him. The man learns an expensive lesson when the new frog wins easily.

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