The hare and the tortoise The hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals."I have never been beaten,"he said,"when I run at full speed,no one is faster than me."The tortoise said quietly,"I will race with you.""That is a good joke,"said the hare."I could dance around you the whole way."The race started.The hare darted almost out of sight at once.He soon stopped and lay down to have a nap.The tortoise plodded on and on.When the hare awoke from his nap,he saw the tortoise was near the finish line,and that he had lost the race.