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Of a question that was put to a courtier
Marco Lombardo1 was a noble courtier and extremely wise. One Christmas he was in a city, where they distributed many gifts, and he received none. He found another courtier who was an ignorant man compared with him, and yet he had received many presents. This gave rise to a good remark, for that courtier said to Marco: how is this, Marco, that I have received seven gifts and you none? And yet you are far superior to me and wiser. What is the reason?
And Marco replied: only this, that you found more of your kind than I of mine.
1 Marco Lombardo is mentioned by Dante (Purg. XVI, 46).
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