recede / road / way / path

The Beggars came to a far place where the road branched in three directions – East, West, and South – to three different Lands.


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.

     ... a Steep Road to the East: the eldest, Clever like her mother

     ... a Middle Way to the West: the second, Lively like her father

     ... a Simple Path to the South: a boy called Jack