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0095 Marco Polo : vol.1
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for long he cannot fail to be a man of great sense and of very great valour. And TA

what shall I tell you about it ? From this mission onward they honoured him not as a VB

youth but as a man of very great age, & thenceforward the youth was called Master Marc Pol

at court, and so will our book call him in future, though his virtue & wisdom deserve a much VA VB

more worthy name than Master Marc. And this is really very right, for he was wise and

experienced. And why should I make you a long story? On his return from that embassy TA

the great Kaan set him over all his embassies. And you may know quite truly that after FB

this Master Marc stays with the great Kaan quite seventeen years, and in all this time

he did not cease to go on missions hither and thither through different countries wherever FB

the lord sent him; • and sometimes for private affairs of the same Master Marc, but by the good R

will and order of the great Kaan. For the great Kaan, since he sees that Master Marc

so brought him back news from all parts and that he carried out so well all the duties

for which he sent him, for this reason all the important missions and the distant ones

he gave all to Master Marc. Like a wise man and one who knew all the ways of the lord, he FB

took much pains to know and understand everything which he thought would please the great Kaan.

And he accomplished the duty very well, thank God, and knew how to tell him many FB

novelties and many strange things. And the great Kaan, the conduct of Master Marc

pleased him so much that he wished him very well and did him [8b] so great honour

and kept him so near to himself that many of the other barons had great vexation VA

at it. But all things which the said Master Marc Pol saw and did and with whatever he VL

met of good or of bad he put in writing and so told all in order to his lord. Now this was

the reason why Master Marc knows more of those things of that country than any

other man, because he explores more of those strange regions than any man who was

ever born; and also because he gave it his attention more to know this and to spy out FB

and enquire that he might tell the great lord; • whence it came about that there was never any VB

who saw more lands than Master Marc, nor had learnt and heard more strange things, •which R

things are written here below carefully and in order.

THE KAAN. And when Master Nicolau and Master Mafeu and Master Marc had stayed with the great Kaan at this court many years, as long as you R have heard above, they said among themselves one day that they wished to go back to VA V

their parts, that is to their native country, for it was now high time to do so. • Though they V FB R

found themselves very rich in jewels of great value and in gold, an extreme desire to see their native

land again was always fixed in their mind; and even though they were honoured and favoured, yet

they thought of nothing else but of this. And seeing that the great Kaan was very old, they feared

that if he were to die before their departure they might never be able to return home, because of the

length of the way and infinite perils which threatened them ; though they hoped to be able to do this