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0416 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 416 (Color Image)

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    z z commands at all, but he only should be lord and master of it. His son indeed said that he wanted nothing. And when his father sees that he did not wish the rule

v in any way in the world, he has so great vexation that it wanted but a little that he did not die of grief. And it was no wonder, because he had no more sons than FB this one nor had he any to whom he should leave the kingdom after his death. And z then the king after deep thought behaves in such a way. For he says to himself that z VB he will do him a thing[and]bring in such a remedy that his son being a young man z will gladly hold himself to worldly things' and will likewise take the crown and the kingdom. And then he makes him move2 into a very beautiful palace and gives FB him 300003 very beautiful and winning maidens, the most beautiful that one could ever FB VB see, to serve him, and commanded them to play with him all day and all night, .promising the one who shall first be able to induce him to lie with her that she shall be his wife and queen; z for there dared not be any male there at all but only those maidens. For maidens put him to bed and served him at table and made him company all day. They

v sang & play many instruments and dance before him and made him all the entertain-

v z ment that they [85d] can _find in the world, just as the king had ordered them. And z VB moreover I tell you that nevertheless all those most beautiful maidens were not able VB VB to do so much with their blandishments & pleasant delights that the most saintly youth,

V VB son of the king should be moved aside to any act of self-indulgence, but he stays more firmly and more chastely than he did before and led a very good life according to their customs . Moreover I tell you that he was so delicate' a young man that he vs had never gone out of the palace of his father in his youth nor had ever seen a dead man nor any other who was not sound in his limbs, for the father let no old and VB no decrepit man go before him. Now it happened that this young man, having had leave of his father to go out with a very fine company, was riding one day along the road z TA through the city and then he saw a dead man whom they were carrying to bury, and he had many people following. He became all dismayed at it as he who had never seen any

1 qe son filz setendra uoluntier a cosses mondaines FB: que le tueur de son filz peust entendre aux choses mondaines—so apparently taking setendra for s'entendra But Z (p. lxxxv) and V (see just below) rather suggest s'en tiendra Roux and B. both read se rendra without comment, though both F and FB have entendre in the same phrase twice just above. V: et zio vedendo molti baroni disse al re se li piaceua ifaraue sifata chosa chel frol se achosteraue ale chosse mondane e chel toraue la

chorona del reame disse lo re chel farano   chel ichomanderano et elli disse voi lo farete in vno pala.(o

et   . .

2 torner B. (p. 193) says that modern Florentine uses tornare for ''to go to stay a meaning which exactly suits this context.

3 TA: ccc LT: tres Others omit the number.

4 delire in the sense of, or a slip for, delie, as B. agrees.