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0441 Marco Polo : vol.1
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ground until he may put the female elephant there turned over with the belly upward z

in the manner of a woman. They do this thus because she has the natural parts far L

toward the belly, and the bull elephant mounts upon her as if he were a man.

And again I tell you that the women of this island are a very ugly thing to see,

for they have great mouths and large prominent eyes and large, thick, and short noses. P TA

They have the breasts' four times as large as other ordinary women have, which adds VB L

the more to ugliness. • They are black as a mulberry & of great stature. They are a very ugly VB

thing to see, for they look like devils. They live moreover, • the people of this place, on rice VB z y

and on flesh and on milk and on dates. They have no wine from vines, but they

make their wine for common drinking of rice and of sugar and of other spices so that LT P z

it is a very tolerable and good drink and intoxicates no less than that of grapes does. Very LT VB

great trade is done there for many merchants come there with many ships which

bring there many goods, all which they sell' in these islands, and they carry away

again plenty of the wares of the island and especially they carry away great quantity

of elephants tusks which are there in plenty. And again I tell you that they have

ambergris enough, of which they find a great supply on the beaches of the island, because R

great whales are caught there in plenty. [92d] And again you may know that the P R

lords of this island sometimes go to war among themselves, and these men of this island

are very good fighters and fight very hard in battle, for they are strong and are not

at all afraid of death. They are not however brave, as I have said, in proportion to their size.• VB

And they have no horses but they fight on camels and on elephants. For I tell you v

that they make castles of wood on the elephants and cover them very well with skins FB G

of wild beasts & •with boards and then there mount up there in each of those castles P LT

from sixteen' men to twenty with lances and with swords and with stones, and it

is a very mighty battle, that which is made upon the elephants. And they have no z z

arms but shields of leather and lances and swords and they kill one another well

all together. And again I tell you another thing. For you may know that when they

wish to bring the elephants to the fight they give them to drink plenty of their

wine, that is their drink of spices which they make for themselves, • so that they make them VA FB

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' Several texts mistake mamelles for mani "hands", VA,P,G,VB,TA. L has the curious addition, quia prohiciendo eas post spatulas perueniunt osque ad nates, and B. (p. zoé) quotes from K, les mameles los pengen tant fort qu'eles sa poden gitar detras. There is nothing like this   C.

2 con maintes nes que hi aportent plosors mercandies que toutes les nes uendent The phrase toutes les nes uendent is unique in this manuscript and should perhaps be corrected to toutes les uendent which (itself not very natural) occurs twice in the preceding chapter. Z: que uendunt V: le quale vendeno

3 TA, LT: i z