Story The Hare and The Tortoise
|Story The Hare and The Tortoise
There was a hare. He was proud of his swift movement. One day the hare and a tortoise went on a walk in the woods. There, the tortoise was struggling hard to keep pace with the hare. The hare noticed that the tortoise was lagging behind. He moved and ridiculed the tortoise for his slow movement. He said to the tortoise, “O slow-footed fellow, will you run a race with me? It will be nice fun for us.” But the tortoise did not
mind. With a smile on his face, he said, “You might be swift as wind, but I can easily beat you in a race.” The hare took this as a ridiculous and impossible statement and agreed to run a race with the tortoise. They went to a fox to be a judge. The fox was the one to decide the course and fix a finishing point.
On the day appointed for the race, there gathered a huge crowd of animals who had come to see the race. The fox signalled to start the race and both the hare and the tortoise started together. The hare was swift. Within a moment, he covered half the way. Then he looked back and stooped. He said to himself, “The tortoise is yet far behind. Let me have some rest for a while.” Saying this he lay down under the shade of a tree and soon fell asleep.
The tortoise, on the other hand, never stopped for a moment. He went on at a slow but steady pace. On his way, he saw the hare fast asleep under a tree. He passed by the hare and went on walking straight to the finishing point. So he reached the goal. The fox who was the judge declared the tortoise winner. After some time the hare woke up and realized that he slept for a long time. He ran as fast as he could. When he reached, he saw that the tortoise won the race. The hare was ashamed and went away silently.
The story conveys a lesson : “Slow but steady wins the race.”
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