The girls were grown into maidens and the boy into a stripling. Time had come to put aside begging, time for each to seek a fortune. Each went alone, his or her direction, into a new country.
On a steep road to the east went the eldest, a clever girl, like her mother.
On a middle way to the west went the second, a lively girl, like her father.
On a simple path to the south went a boy called Jack.