Originally posted by AThousandYoung
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?
I find the canonical answer to this to be unsatisfying on a couple of levels.
First of all the riddle appears to ask how many "Kits, cats, sacks and wives" are going - which should not therefore include either the bigamist or the narrator of the story.
The second problem is that I would guess that a large group of sack-carrying wives would almost certainly walk more slowly than me, so it would be equally possible for me to be catching them up or walking in the opposite direction.