In true Twain style, he maintains a fidelity to regional dialects and real people and creates for average readers both humor and fantasy and a world that questions such important social structures as money, power, class and education.
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Before Jim can figure out what happened, the stranger takes the money and leaves.
At his point in the narration, Old Simon Wheeler is called away for a minute - but not before he tells the narrator to sit tight because he obviously has a lot more to say.
Eventually, a third character presents himself in a story - Jim Smiley.
The story narrator shows up and asks Simon Wheeler if he has any information about Leonidas W. Instead of giving the narrator the information he asks for, Simon, a very serious and monotonous storyteller, tells him about a guy he once knew named Jim Smiley.