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THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY 01

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THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG OF CALAVERAS COUNTY

By Mark Twain (1835-1910)


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[From The Saturday Press, Nov. 18, 1865. Republished in The

Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches

(1867), by Mark Twain, all of whose works are published by Harper &

Brothers.]

In compliance with the request of a friend of mine, who wrote me from the East, I called on good-natured, garrulous old Simon Wheeler, and inquired after [記法2] my friend's friend, Leonidas W. Smiley, as requested to do, and I hereunto append the result. I have a lurking suspicion that Leonidas W. Smiley is a myth; and 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. If that was the design, it succeeded.

calaveras 卡拉韋拉斯縣是美國加利福尼亞州的一個縣,縣治聖安德烈亞斯。
compliance [記法] [kəm`plaɪəns; kəm'plaiəns] 聽從
garrulous [記法] [`gærələs; 'gærələs] 絮聒的
inquire [記法] [ɪn`kwaɪr; in'kwaiə] 詢問
hereunto 迄今
lurk [記法] [lɝk; lə:k] 潛藏
myth [mɪθ; miθ] 神話
personage [記法] [`pɝsnɪdʒ; 'pə:snidʒ] 大人物
conjecture [記法] [kən`dʒɛktʃɚ; kən'dʒɛktʃə] 猜測
infamous [`ɪnfəməs; 'infəməs] 惡名昭彰的
bore [記法] [bor, bɔr; bɔ:] 使煩擾
exasperating [記法] [ɪg`zæspəˌretɪŋ; g'zæspəreitiŋ] 使人惱怒的
reminiscence [記法] [ˌrɛmə`nɪsns; ˌrɛmi'nisns] 回憶
tedious [記法] [`tidɪəs, `tidʒəs; 'ti:djəs] 冗長而乏味