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ARRIVAL AT MALE.
not remain long in these little islands separated one from another. That done, we set sail and made way for the rest of the day.
Arrival of the author at the island of MaU, where he salutes the king.aThe putting to death of four Frenchmen for attempting to escape.aArrival of his other companions, and the reasons which prevented the king from sending them to Sumatra.
At nightfall we reached a little island called Maconnodou} belonging to the general of the galleys, where we slept: for it is their custom never to sail by night. On the following morning, when it was time to go on board, the lord told me we were within fifteen or sixteen leagues of Ma 16, where the king was, and that he would not dare to take my companion, not knowing whether it would be agreeable to the king, and that he proposed to leave him there for some days, until he should have spoken with the king about fetching him; that he was sure it would be well with him, and that he had given orders to that end. We arrived at length at Male, where, on landing, he went at once to salute the king and render an account of his journey, bidding one of his people conduct me to his house. He did not omit, among other matters, to speak about me, the immediate consequence of which was that I was sent for by command of the king. At the palace I remained about three hours in waiting. In the evening I was introduced into a court where the king had come out to see all that had been brought in the last voyage from our
1 A small island on the north-west side of MAle atoll, in lat. 4A 31' N., now called Makunudu. Mr. Bell visited it in 1879, putting in there for the night, just as Pyrard did. He describes it as being about a quarter to half a mile in circuit.1 A small island on the north-west side of MA le atoll, in lat. 4A 31' N., now called Makunudu. Mr. Bell visited it in 1879, putting in there for the night, just as Pyrard did. He describes it as being about a quarter to half a mile in circuit.