Thursday, November 22, 2012

Slow and steady wins the race Or, Pride Goes Before a Fall

Long ago there lived a Hare in a forest. ( a short story ) He was always proud of his speed. A tortoise also lived nearby. The hare always teased the tortoise for his slow speed.( a short story )  The hare said. “You have as many legs as I have. ( a short story ) But I am sure you can’t run as fast as I can. Perhaps, you can’t run at all.” At this, the tortoise became very angry and said, “You can run fast, no doubt.( a short story )  But I think you can talk even faster than you can run.” ( a short story ) Then the tortoise made a proposal to run a race with the hare. ( a short story ) The hare gladly accepted his proposal and said, “listen friend tortoise, you are simple going to waste your time and my time as well.( a short story )  You have a good idea about my speed. To beat you to me is as easy as taking some tender grass from the field.” The tortoise replied, “I know your speed but there is still something that I know but you don’t know I am going to capitalize on that.” the hare said, “I am really amused but would you please tell me what you are going to capitalize on?” the tortoise said, “that’s secret. You will know it only after the race is over.”( a short story )  However, they both went to a Fox and asked him to be the judge of their contest. The fox agreed. Other beasts of  the forest were also invited. On the appointed day, they met a cross road. The judge read out some rules to be followed by both of them.( a short story )  The destination of the race was also marked. ( a short story ) Finally, the unequal race began. The hare, from the beginning, started running at the top speed and soon left the tortoise far behind.( a short story )  Crossing almost half of the distance the hare looked back. He found no sign of the tortoise. The hare smiled and said to himself, “I am really a fool. I have run so fast for nothing. I am perhaps ten times as fast as a tortoise. Why should I run so fast in the hot sun with the slow speed tortoise? I will start again when the tortoise will about to catch me and before that I can take rest for a while.” The hare took rest and at one point he fell asleep. ( a short story ) On the contrary, the tortoise continued running as fast as he could. On the way he found the hare sleeping and silently ran past him. While the hare was sleeping, the tortoise came near the destination. In the mean time, the hare woke up and started running very fast. ( a short story ) But he was too late. When he reached near the destination, he found the tortoise sitting on the last line i.e.( a short story )  the goal. The hare had no way to defeat the tortoise and he failed. Winning the race the tortoise became very happy and the hare felt ashamed of his tall talk. So, we should be great through our deeds and not by tall talks.( a short story )

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