The Hare and the Tortoise

Aesop’s Fables June 6, 2015
Greek
Intermediate
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    The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten,” said he, “when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me.”

    The Tortoise said quietly, “I accept your challenge.”

    “That is a good joke,” said the Hare; “I could dance round you all the way.”

    “Keep your boasting till you’ve beaten,” answered the Tortoise. “Shall we race?”

    So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap.

    "The hare and the tortoise." Illustration by Milo Winter. Published in The Aesop for Children with Pictures by Milo Winter (1919), Rand McNally & Co.

    “The hare and the tortoise.” Illustration by Milo Winter. Published in The Aesop for Children with Pictures by Milo Winter (1919), Rand McNally & Co.

    The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race.

    Then said the Tortoise: “Plodding wins the race.”

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