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HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD
JOHN CASTELL
PETER GATHERS VIOLETS
LOVERS DEAR
CASTELL'S SECRET
FAREWELL
NEWS FROM SPAIN
D'AGUILAR SPEAKS
THE SNARE
THE CHASE
THE MEETING ON THE SEA
FATHER HENRIQUES
THE ADVENTURE OF THE INN
INEZ AND HER GARDEN
PETER PLAYS A PART
BETTY SHOWS HER TEETH
THE PLOT
THE HOLY HERMANDAD
BETTY PAYS HER DEBTS
ISABELLA OF SPAIN
BETTY STATES HER CASE
THE DOOM OF JOHN CASTELL
FATHER HENRIQUES AND THE BAKER'S OVEN
THE FALCON STOOPS
HOW THE _MARGARET_ WON OUT TO SEA
ENVOI

 

"You asked why I do not change the cut of my garments," went on 

d'Aguilar, without noticing the interruption. "Excellency, to be frank, 

because of my own business. I have failings like other men. For 

instance, wealth is that substance of which you spoke, rule is the 

shadow; he who has the wealth has the real rule. Again, bright eyes may 

draw me, or a hate may seek its slaking, and these things do not suit 

robes, black or red." 

 

"Yet many such things have been done by those who wore them," replied 

the ambassador with meaning. 

 

"Aye, Excellency, to the discredit of Holy Church, as you, a priest, 

know better than most men. Let the earth be evil as it must; but let the 

Church be like heaven above it, pure, unstained, the vault of prayer, 

the house of mercy and of righteous judgment, wherein walks no sinner 

such as I," and again he crossed himself. 

 

There was a ring of earnestness in the speaker's voice that caused de 

Ayala, who knew something of his private reputation, to look at him 

curiously. 

 

"A true fanatic, and therefore to us a useful man," he thought to 

himself, "though one who knows how to make the best of two worlds as 

well as most of them;" but aloud he said, "No wonder that our Church 

rejoices in such a son, and that her enemies tremble when he lifts her 

sword. But, Senor, you have not told me what you think of all this 

ceremony and people." 

 

"The people I know well, Excellency, for I dwelt among them in past 

years and speak their language; and that is why I have left Granada to 

look after itself for a while, and am here to-day, to watch and make 

report----" He checked himself, then added, "As for the ceremony, were I 

a king I would have it otherwise. Why, in that house just now those 

vulgar Commons--for so they call them, do they not?--almost threatened 

their royal master when he humbly craved a tithe of the country's wealth 

to fight the country's war. Yes, and I saw him turn pale and tremble at 

the rough voices, as though their echoes shook his throne. I tell you, 

Excellency, that the time will come in this land when those Commons will 

be king. Look now at that fellow whom his Grace holds by the hand, 

calling him 'sir' and 'master,' and yet whom he knows to be, as I do, a 

heretic, a Jew in disguise, whose sins, if he had his rights, should be 

purged by fire. Why, to my knowledge last night, that Israelite said 

things against the Church----" 

 

"Whereof the Church, or its servant, doubtless made notes to be used 


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