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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
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than I would do murder on her lover." 

 

"What did you, then, when you snatched her from her home by some foul 

trick?" asked Peter fiercely. 

 

"Senor, I did wrong to her and all of you, for which I would make 

amends." 

 

"What amends? Will you give her back to me?" 

 

"No, that I cannot do, even if she should wish it, of which I am not 

sure; no--never while I live." 

 

"Bring her forth, and let us hear whether she wishes it or no," shouted 

Peter, hoping that his words would reach Margaret. 

 

But d'Aguilar only smiled and shook his head, then went on: 

 

"That I cannot either, for it would give her pain. Still, Senor, I will 

repay the heavy debt that I owe to you, and to you also, Senor." And he 

bowed towards Castell who, unseen by Peter, had crept down the ladder, 

and now stood behind him staring at d'Aguilar with cold rage and 

indignation. "You have wrought us much damage, have you not? hunting us 

across the seas, and killing sundry of us with your arrows, and now you 

have striven to board our ship and put us to the sword, a design in 

which God has frustrated you. Therefore your lives are justly forfeit, 

and none would blame us if we slew you. Yet I spare you both. If it is 

possible I will put you back aboard the _Margaret_, and if it is not 

possible you shall be set free ashore to go unmolested whither you will. 

Thus I will wipe out my debt and be free of all reproach." 

 

"Do you take me for such a man as yourself?" asked Peter, with a bitter 

laugh. "I do not leave this ship alive unless my affianced wife, 

Mistress Margaret, goes with me." 

 

"Then, Senor Brome, I fear that you will leave it dead, as indeed we may 

all of us, unless we make land soon, for the vessel is filling fast with 

water. Still, knowing your metal, I looked for some such words from you, 

and am prepared with another offer which I am sure you will not refuse. 

Senor, our swords are much of the same length, shall we measure them 

against each other? I am a grandee of Spain, the Marquis of Morella, and 

it will, therefore, be no dishonour for you to fight with me." 

 

"I am not so sure," said Peter, "for I am more than that--an honest man 

of England, who never practised woman-stealing. Still, I will fight you 

gladly, at sea or on shore, wherever and whenever we meet, till one or 

both are dead. But what is the stake, and how do I know that some of 

these," and he pointed to the crew, who were listening intently, "will 


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