4. The Tortoise and the Hare

tortoise and hare


boast: brag; to talk about one’s abilities

challenge: offer of competition

hare: rabbit

tortoise: turtle

dart: to move quickly

contempt: dislike; disdain

plod: to move or act slowly

steady: even; not too fast and not too slow



The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. “I have never yet been beaten when I put forth my full speed," he said. "I challenge anyone 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 me,” 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:

Slow and steady wins the race.


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