The Audacious

26 from him as he headed to Constantinople with Marie Petit and two servants. In Constantinople, Fabre stayed at the residence of the Persian Ambassador, who was about to leave to Isfahan. He stayed for thirty-five days disguised in Georgian outfits and hiding from his Constantinople debtors. Marie Petit, however, was taken to a house belonging to an Armenian friend of Fabre, called Baron Sufer, where she stayed. When she needed to go out for any reason, she, too, dressed in Georgian garment as a disguise. Initially, the Turkish Prime Minister was reluctant to grant the French diplomatic mission a permit to travel across Turkish territories as he was concerned about the gains Persia would make as a result of the new commercial relations with France.