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. 
Our next Book Club selection will be Aesop’s Fables. Please join the discussion in the forum, and on Tuesday, April 26, at 11 a.m. EDT via Google+ Hangout.
There are many editions available, and they use different numbering systems. (‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ is Perry 226, Chambry 352, Townsend 18, Gibbs 237, for example.) The Aesopica website includes indexes to several editions, and useful links.
- Translation by George Fyler Townsend
- Translation by Laura Gibbs
- Greek edition. Uses the Chambray numbering system with cross references to Perry numbers. Includes links to the English translations by Laura Gibbs and by George Fyler Townsend.
There is also an edition on Project Gutenberg (various file formats). Translation by V. S. Vernon Jones. Unnumbered; includes title and moral, and illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
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