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Aesop's The Hare and the Tortoise
Adapted from Edward Detmold’s The Fables of Aesop. 
Analysis Key

 
     Note: I have included the original and its analysis key so you can see how it was adapted. You may want to read the original to your students.

     WHAT a Dull Heavy Creature (says a Hare) is this same Tortoise (PN) [#1] ! |

And yet (says the Tortoise) Ill run {with you} {for a wager}. | The Hare

agreed, | and the Fox, {by consent}, was the Judge (PN). | They started 

together, | and the Tortoise kept jogging, [Adv. to “kept jogging” until he 

came {to the end} {of the course}]. | The Hare lay down about midway [NuA],

and took a nap (DO). | I can (says he) catch up {with the Tortoise} [Adv. 

to “can catch up” when I please]. | He over-slept. | He awoke and scudded 

away as fast [Adv. to the previous “as” as he could]. | But the Tortoise got 

{to the post} {before him}, and won the wager (DO). |

The Moral

     Up and be Doing is a good idea (PN). | Action is the business (PN) 

{of life}. | We will never come {to the end} {of our journey} {in time}, [Adv. 

(condition) to “never” if we sleep {by the way}]. |


Note
1. Optionally, “Creature” could be considered the predicate noun, and “Tortoise,” the subject.

“The Hare and the Tortoise” (original)

     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. ’Twas Done and Done, and the Fox, by Consent, was to be the Judg. They started together, and the Tortoise kept Jogging on still, ’till he came to the End of the Course. The Hare lay’d himself down about Midway, and took a Nap; for, says he, I can fetch up the Tortoise when I please: But he Over-slept himself it seems, for when he came to wake, though he scudded away as fast as ’twas possible, the Tortoise got to the Post before him, and Won the Wager.

The Moral
     Up and be Doing, is an Edifying Text; for Action is the Business of Life, and there’s no Thought of ever coming to the End of our Journey in time, if we sleep by the Way.

Original AK

An interesting thing about this one is that the speaker tags are in parentheses—parenthetical expressions. This, I would suggest, supports the KISS view that such tags are interjections. In each case, the direct object of “says” is the entire sentence in which the tags are embedded.
     WHAT a Dull Heavy Creature (says a Hare) is This same Tortoise (PN) [#1] ! | 

And yet (says the Tortoise) I'll run {with you} {for a Wager}. | ’Twas Done (PA)

and Done (PA) [#2], | and the Fox, {by Consent}, was *going* to be [#3] the 

Judg (PN). | They started together, | and the Tortoise kept Jogging on still,

[Adv. (time) to “kept Jogging” ’till he came {to the End} {of the Course}]. | The 

Hare lay’d himself (DO) down about Midway [NuA], and took a Nap (DO) ; |

for [#4] , says he, I can fetch up the Tortoise (DO) [Adv. to “can fetch up” 

when I please]: | But he Over-slept himself (DO) [ [#5] it seems], [ [#4] for

[Adv. (time) to “got” when he came to wake], [Adv. (concession) to “got” though

he scudded away as fast [Adv. (degree) to the previous “as” as ’twas possible 

(PA) ]], the Tortoise got {to the Post} {before him}, and Won the Wager (DO) ]. |

The Moral

     Up and be Doing, is an Edifying Text (PN); | for Action is the Business 

(PN) {of Life}, | and theres no Thought (PN) {of ever coming} {to the End} {of

our Journey} {in time}, [Adv. (condition) to “no” if we sleep {by the Way}]. |


Notes
O1. Optionally, “Creature” could be considered the predicate noun, and “Tortoise,” the subject.
O2. “Done” is a gerundive that can be viewed here as functioning as a predicate adjective. Alternatively, “done” can be seen as part of a passive finite verb phrase. See Exercise # 2 in KISS Level 5.7.
O3. For more on this, see Exercise # 8 in KISS Level 5.7.
O4. For more on this, see KISS Level 3.2.2 - "So" and "For" as Conjunctions.
O5. As with the speaker tags, KISS views this “it seems” as an interjection. See Exercise 2 in KISS Level 3.2.3.