The construction of a fable involves a minute attention to (1) the narration itself; (2) the deduction of the moral; and (3) a careful maintenance of the individual characteristics of the factious personages introduced into it.
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 Tortosie 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.
书后附录还有个 Words and Phrases adapted from the Collins English Dictionary。我很快翻了遍，也有收获，比如：without 作连词相当于 unless，use 可以表示 habit，move me not 相当于 do not make me angry。这些「知识」并不重要，对我最大的启发是读文学作品，除了查词典还要关注它在语境中的特殊意思，有些细节读不懂也不必太纠结。