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Aesop's The Hare and the Tortoise
Adapted from
Edward Detmold’s The Fables of Aesop. 
London; New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.
1. Ignore the words in bold. You’ll learn about them later. The words that are in parentheses are speaker tags. In each case, the complement of “says” is the sentence in which the tag appears. In these tags, just underline the subjects and verbs.
2. Place parentheses around each prepositional phrase.
3. Underline subjects once, verbs twice, and write “C” over each complement.

     WHAT a Dull Heavy Creature (says a Hare) is this same Tortoise! 

And yet (says the Tortoise) I’ll run with you for a wager. The Hare 

agreed, and the Fox, by consent, was the Judge. They started together,

and the Tortoise kept jogging, until he came to the end of the course. 

The Hare lay down about midway, and took a nap. I can (says he) catch

up with the Tortoise when I please. He over-slept. He awoke and 

scudded away as fast as he could. But the Tortoise got to the post 

before him, and won the wager.

The Moral

     Up and be Doing is a good idea. Action is the business of life. We 

will never come to the end of our journey in time, if we sleep by the way.