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0287 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 287 (Color Image)

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mouth so large that it would well swallow [S3d] a man[or]an ox at one time. It z

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fierce that there is no man nor woman nor beast in the world that does not fear to FB VA P

go near them, and that has not dread of them. And again there are smaller ones

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caught by the hunters is this. You may know that they stay under ground in caves P z

by day because of the great heat, and at night it comes out to feed and eat, and

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they can overtake' & eat them all. • And when they have eaten it goes crawling into the R z z

rivers and into lakes and to springs to drink. It is so large and so heavy and so

stout that when it goes crawling • in this way through the sand to the rivers either to z R z

eat or to drink, and this is by night, it makes on its way • owing to the exceeding amount FB Z

of its weight so great a furrow in the sand that it seems as if there is rolled a full

butt of wine.' And the hunters who go specially to catch them, observing this, . catch L FB

them in such a manner. For they put a trap in the road by which they see that the

adders are usually gone towards the water, • because they know that they must pass there again . R Z FB

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in the road of those adders, on some sloping bank by which the path descends, that as it z

were none of the stake is seen; in which stake is fixed a sword-iron made like a razor

or like a lance-iron, and it projects about a palm above the stake, very sharp and z

cutting and always sloping slightly towards the approach of the serpents. And he covers it

all with earth or sand so that the adder does not see it at all. And the hunters put L t_

very many of such stakes and of such irons there in many places, according to the many L z

roads of many serpents. And when the adder, or rather the serpent, at the hour when it z

hastens to the rivers for drink, comes down the middle of that road where those irons

are, flying along because of the slope of the bank, then it strikes on them with so great z

force that the [54a] iron enters it by the breast and rends it as far as the navel, so

that the adder dies immediately. And when they see them dead the crows begin to clamour. • R

And then one knows by the noise of the birds that the serpent is dead, and then he goes there • to z R

find it; • otherwise he dares not go near there. • And when the hunters see the blood they follow z VB

that trace and find it dead. And in this way the hunters take it. And when they have

taken it, skinning it immediately they draw out the gall from the belly and sell it very z

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