The Hare and the Tortoise

 

  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 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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