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0460 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 460 (Color Image)

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    these were the mothers and the sweethearts' of men who died there. And when z the battle had lasted so long as you have heard above and the sun already turned to the going down, and there were so many dead men as I have[told you], then FA it is necessary that the battle should stop with a forced ending; nor did anyone know which party had the better of it. And then they departed and each returns to his camp FA to their tents, those who remained whole, so weary and toil-worn [98b] that there was FA none there who could help himself. And the wounded, of whom there were enough on one side and on the other, each complained of his own ill; so that there was none who had not better LT need of rest than of fighting. At night therefore they rest very gladly for the toil which they had borne that day in that great and mortal battle. And when the morning was

L come the king Caidu who knew that the result of the next battle would be doubtful and had FA LT LT had news by his spies • at night that the great Kaan was sending a great army after him FA VB with a very great people to take and assail him in support of his son,•and that it was already not too far distant, he says to himself that he would do ill to stay there LT any longer, and then as soon as he saw the dawn appears he arms himself with all his people and they mount on horseback and set themselves on the way to return to their country.' And when the son to the great Kaan and the grandson of the Prester Johan saw that the king Caidu and all his people were gone off, they LT do not go after them but let them go quietly, because they & their people were LT z very tired of foreign war and much toil-worn. And the king Caidu with his people ride so far by their journeys without stopping themselves that they were come into

  •  their kingdom, that is into the city of the great Turquie to Samarcan, and there he z V stays awhile without making war against any, • and did not care about the great harm which he had done to the great lord.


  •              And knowing this the great Kaan had very great anger thereat with this

z   king Caidu who was always harming him his people and his lands so
z much. And he says indeed to himself that if it were not that he is his grandson he would never be able to escape without his having him put to an evil death; LT but the flesh restrained him that he did not destroy him and his land as he would have done to another enemy. And in such way as I tell you the king Caidu escaped from

1 les araines B. prints le serores, which is very good sense but is palxographically very unlikely to have given rise to such a corruption. Y. supposed that araines was harem. The dictionary meanings of araine, araigne (trumpet, sand, airy, pledged, gossamer cloth, etc.) give little help; and the version given is purely conjectural. PAUTHIER's "fiancées" has some support from GODEFROY, s.v. araisnier.

2 LT adds set non rum totis pennis