The tortoise and the hare fables

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The Hare and The Tortoise

the tortoise and the hare fables

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow. "Do you ever get anywhere?" he asked with a mocking laugh. "Yes," replied the Tortoise, "and I .

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Normally, Timothy Tortoise was a very easy going reptile. He was happy roaming through the forest at his own pace. But the nasty taunts of Harriet Hare were starting to make him angry. Later that day Timothy finally arrived last as usual at the playground by the river. Sure enough, as soon as he arrived, Harriet started teasing him again.

Are you a tortoise or a hare? I love paradoxes, parables, koans, aphorisms, fables, and teaching stories of all kinds. Lately I've been thinking of the Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. In the familiar fable by Aesop, the tortoise and the hare run a race. The hare is so confident that he'll win that he takes a nap, and while he's asleep, the tortoise's regular, plodding pace allows him, the slower competitor, to cross the finish line first. I'm not using "tortoise" and "hare" exactly as Aesop did, but it's a handy frame of reference.

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I challenge any one here to race with me. So a course was fixed and a start was made.

The Hare & the Tortoise

A Tortoise and Hare decide to race. The hare is so confident in the lead that he naps while the tortoise keeps going to win. Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop For Children. The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off. The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.

By whom? Not you, surely! Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep on his feet, to have a quick nap.

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5 thoughts on “The tortoise and the hare fables

  1. It is itself a variant of a common folktale theme in which ingenuity and trickery rather than doggedness are employed to overcome a stronger opponent.

  2. Once upon a time, in a field not too far from you, there was an energetic and happy hare and a sleepy tortoise.

  3. Slow and steady wins the race. A Tortoise and Hare decide to race. The hare is so confident in the lead that he naps while the tortoise keeps.

  4. There once was a speedy hare who bragged about how fast he could run. Tired of hearing him boast, Slow and Steady, the tortoise, challenged him to a race.

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