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    Well, thish-yer Smiley had rat-tarriers, and chicken cocks, and tom- cats, and all of them kind of things, till you couldn't rest, and you couldn't fetch nothing for him to bet on but he'd match you. على أن سميلي كانت له كلاب أخرى، وكانت له ديكة وسنانير، وكانت كلها من الطراز الذي لا يُجارى ولا يترك في راحة أن تعرض عن رهانه. ـ
    He ketched a frog one day, and took him home, and said he cal'klated to edercate him; and so he never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog to jump. وذات يوم صاد ضفدعًا وأخذه إلى بيته، وقال: إنه سيدربه، فلم يكن له عمل خلال ثلاثة أشهر غير أن يجلس في فناء داره ويعلم الضفدع كيف يقفز، ـ
    And you bet you he did learn him, too. وتالله لقد نجح وعلَّمه! ـ
    He'd give him a little punch behind, and the next minute you'd see that frog whirling in the air like a doughnut see him turn one summerset, or may be a couple, if he got a good start, and come down flat-footed and all right, like a cat. وما كان ليزيد على أن يغمزه في مؤخره فلا تنقضي لحظة حتى تراه واثبًا في الهواء كأنه شظية بقلاوة، ثم يهبط مستويًا على أقدامه كأنه قط هابط، ـ
    He got him up so in the matter of catching flies, and kept him in practice so constant, that he'd nail a fly every time as far as he could see him. وعلمه كذلك صيد الذباب فبلغ من مهارته في الصيد أنه يتناول الذبابة على مد النظر. ـ
    Smiley said all a frog wanted was education, and he could do most any thing and I believe him. وكان سميلي يقول: ما بالضفدع من حاجة في رياضة من الرياضات إلا أن يتدرب عليها فلا يعيبه شيء! وقد صدقته، ـ
    Why, I've seen him set Dan'l Webster down here on this floor Dan'l Webster was the name of the frog and sing out, "Flies, Dan'l, flies!" and quicker'n you could wink, he'd spring straight up, and snake a fly off'n the counter there, and flop down on the floor again as solid as a gob of mud, and fall to scratching the side of his head with his hind foot as indifferent as if he hadn't no idea he'd been doin' any more'n any frog might do. وكيف لا أصدقه، وإني رأيت بعيني دانيال وبستر، نعم » دانيال وبستر « اسم الضفدع الذي نتحدث عنه؛ رأيته بعيني يطرحه على الأرض ويغني له: الذباب يا دانيال! الذباب! وقبل أن يرتد إليك طرفك تراه قد وثب في الهواء وعاد إلى الأرض كأنه قطعة من الطين، وجعل يحك رأسه بقدمه كأنه لم يأتِ بعجب من العجاب لا يأتي به ضفدع من بني جنسه! ـ
    You never see a frog so modest and straightforward as he was, for all he was so gifted. ولن تبصر بضفدع في مثل هذا الحياء ومثل هذه الاستقامة، فهو لا جرم ضفدع موهوب، ـ
    And when it come to fair and square jumping on a dead level, he could get over more ground at one straddle than any animal of his breed you ever see. وما من ضفدع قط يجاريه حين يدخل السباق على الحلبة الممهدة، ـ
    Jumping on a dead level was his strong suit, you understand; and when it come to that, Smiley would ante up money on him as long as he had a red. فقد كان سميلي يراهن عليه بأكبر مقدار في حسابه، ـ
    Smiley was monstrous proud of his frog, and well he might be, for fellers that had traveled and been everywheres, all said he laid over any frog that ever they see. وما كان أعظم فخره بضفدعه! فإن أصحابنا الذين ساحوا وأكثروا من السياحة وشهدوا العجائب في سياحاتهم قد سلَّموا معترفين للضفدع بأنه فرد بغير نظير! ـ
    To be continued…
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    Written by: Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain
    Translated by: Abbas al-Aqqad

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