The diagram shows the most equitable division of
the land possible, "so that each son shall receive land of exactly the
same area and exactly similar in shape," and so that each shall have
access to the well in the centre without trespass on another's
The conditions do
not require that each son's land shall be in one piece, but it is
necessary that the two portions assigned to an individual should be
kept apart, or two adjoining portions might be held to be one piece, in
which case the condition as to shape would have to be broken.
present there is only one shape for each piece of land—half a
square divided diagonally. And A, B, C, and D can each reach their land
from the outside, and have each equal access to the well in the centre.