In a well-known fairy tale, why did Hansel and Gertel wander alone through the woods?

they got lost by an accident
their parents were killed
they stepped through magic mirror
they were intentionally left by parents
'Hansel and Gertel' is an old German fairy tale, recorded (but not created) by the Grimm broth­er­s. The practice of leaving children to fend for them­selves, as well as can­ni­bal­is­tic prac­tices (the be­hav­iour of witch) were not uncommon in Medieval Europe during famine.

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they got lost by an accident
their parents were killed
they stepped through magic mirror
they were intentionally left by parents
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flagItaly
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77%
36
flagSwitzerland
25%
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75%
16
flagNorway
13%
9%
9%
68%
22
flagAustria
26%
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68%
19
flagthe Netherlands
19%
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flagSpain
21%
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32
flagAustralia
25%
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62%
16
flagFrance
30%
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26
flagLithuania
38%
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61%
13
flagUkraine
30%
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flagCanada
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flagPoland
30%
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flagthe United Kingdom
29%
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flagGermany
32%
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2%
57%
149
flagthe United States
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flagIndia
6%
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31
flagUnknown
42%
4%
3%
49%
259
flagRepublic of Ireland
42%
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7%
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38
flagSweden
46%
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46%
15
flagDenmark
43%
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Gender

men52%
women63%
they got lost by an accident
35%
29%
their parents were killed
6%
4%
they stepped through magic mirror
4%
1%
they were intentionally left by parents
52%
63%

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