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The beggars came to a far place where the road branched in three directions – east, west, and south – to three different lands.

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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.