Marco Polo was born in 1254 His father was a rich man in Venice. When he was six years
old, his father
(go) on a journey to the East. After many years he came back to Venice,
and lived with Marco for some time. Marco was now sixteen years old, and he was tall and
strong. His father said to Marco," I have to return to the country I visited last time. The
Emperor told me to do so. Will you come with me?"
)," said Marco.
"Oh, yes, I (
The journey was not so easy. One time they were chased by robbers. Another time they
had to walk without water for miles and miles.
They traveled very slowly along the Silk Road. Marco (think), "I will not forget
anything that I see on this journey."
They 3 (leave) Venice and reached the capital of China in 1274. The Emperor was very
glad when he (see) them. He asked,
(Who is this fine young man?" "This is my son,"
said Marco's father. The Emperor was very pleased with Marco. Marco served the Emperor.
And by his order he traveled through almost all of Asia. Thus nearly twenty years passed.
(leave) China. They came back to Venice in 1295
He was (
They said good-by to the Emperor and
) years old then.
After he came home, the people (to / about / tell / asked / stories / him / travels /
his). And they were (write) down in a book. The name of it is The Travels of Marco Polo.
6 (know) in Japanese as "Tohokenbunroku."
the East # the Emperor
the Silk Road シルクロード capital
be pleased with ~ ~を喜ぶ
nearly ほとんど Tohokenbunroku 東方見聞録