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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

CHAPTER X 

 

THE CHASE

 

 

About the time that Margaret and Betty were being rowed aboard the _San 

Antonio_, Peter Brome and his servants, who had been delayed an hour or 

more by the muddy state of the roads, pulled rein at the door of the 

house in Holborn. For over a month he had been dreaming of this moment 

of return, as a man does who expects such a welcome as he knew awaited 

him, and who on the morrow was to be wed to a lovely and beloved bride. 

He had thought how Margaret would be watching at the window, how, spying 

him advancing down the street, she would speed to the door, how he would 

leap from his horse and take her to his arms in front of every one if 

need be--for why should they be ashamed who were to be wed upon 

the morrow? 

 

But there was no Margaret at the window, or at any rate he could not see 

her, for it was dark. There was not even a light; indeed the whole face 

of the old house seemed to frown at him through the gloom. Still, Peter 

played his part according to the plan; that is, he leapt from his horse, 

ran to the door and tried to enter, but could not for it was locked, so 

he hammered on it with the handle of his sword, till at length some one 

came and unbolted. It was the hired man with whom Margaret had left the 

letter, and he held a lantern in his hand. 

 

The sight of him frightened Peter, striking a chill to his heart. 

 

"Who are you?" he asked; then, without waiting for an answer, went on, 

"Where are Master Castell and Mistress Margaret?" 

 

The man answered that the master was not yet back from his ship, and 

that the Lady Margaret had gone out nearly three hours before with her 

cousin Betty and a sailor--all of them on horseback. 

 

"She must have ridden to meet me, and missed us in the dark," said Peter 

aloud, whereon the man asked whether he spoke to Master Brome, since, if 

so, he had a letter for him. 

 

"Yes," answered Peter, and snatched it from his hand, bidding him close 

the door and hold up the lantern while he read, for he could see that 

the writing was that of Margaret. 

 

"A strange story," he muttered, as he finished it. "Well, I must away," 

and he turned to the door again. 

 

As he stretched out his hand to the key, it opened, and through it came 

Castell, as sound as ever he had been. 

 

"Welcome, Peter!" he cried in a jolly voice. "I knew you were here, for 

I saw the horses; but why are you not with Margaret?" 

 

"Because Margaret has gone to be with you, who should be hurt almost to 


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