Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Hare and the Tortoise

A HARE one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: "Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a battle to the death." The Hare, believing her assertion to be simply impossible, assented to the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox should referee.

On the day appointed for the duel the two started. The Tortoise withdrew immediately into his shell and refused to come out. The Hare, relentlessly pounded, kicked and threw the shell about. Exhausted, the Hare laid down for a quick nap.

The Tortoise slowly and steadily peeped out his head and gently took the rabbit's throat in his jaws. Pulling his head inwards, he clenched down with all of his might. The rabbit flailed about with wild desperation, but not for long.

Slow but steady wins the battle to the death.

The Hare and the Tortoise (original fable)

A HARE one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: "Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race." The Hare, believing her assertion to be simply impossible, assented to the proposal; and they agreed that the Fox should choose the course and fix the goal. On the day appointed for the race the two started together. 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.

Slow but steady wins the race.

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