A hare one day made himself merry over the slow pace of the tortoise, vainly boasting of his own great speed in running.
The tortoise smiled at the hare
and replied, "Let us try a race. We shall run from here
to the pond and the fox out yonder shall be the judge."
The hare agreed and away they started together. True to his boasting the hare was out of sight in a moment.
The tortoise jogged along with a slow, steady pace, straight towards end of the course. Full of sport, the hare first outran the tortoise, then intentionally fell behind chuckling at the tortoise all the while.
Having come nearly to the goal, the hare began to nibble at the young plants. After a while, the day being warm, he lay down for a nap, saying: "The tortoise is behind me now. If he should go by, I can easily enough catch up."
When the hare awoke, the tortoise was not in sight. Running as fast as he could, the hare found the fox congratulating the tortoise at the finish line.
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