The hare one day laughing at the tortoise for his slowness and general unwieldiness was challenged by the latter to run a race the hare looking on the whole affair as a great joke consented and the fox was selected to act as umpire and hold the stakes. The tortoise and the hare is one of aesops fables and is numbered 226 in the perry index the account of a race between unequal partners has attracted conflicting interpretations. The tortoise never for a moment stopped but went on with a slow but steady pace straight to the end of the course the hare lying down by the wayside fell fast asleep at last waking up and moving as fast as he could he saw the tortoise had reached the goal and was comfortably dozing after her fatigue. The tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily and after a time passed the place where the hare was sleeping but the hare slept on very peacefully and when at last he did wake up the tortoise was near the goal
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