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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

not stab me from behind?" 

 

"Senor, I have told you that I do not murder, and that would be the 

foulest murder. As for the stake, it is Margaret to the victor. If you 

kill me, on behalf of all my company, I swear by our Saviour's Blood 

that you shall depart with her and her father unharmed, and if I kill 

you, then you both shall swear that she shall be left with me, and no 

suit or question raised but to her woman I give liberty, who have seen 

more than enough of her." 

 

"Nay," broke in Castell, speaking for the first time "I demand the right 

to fight with you also when my arm is healed." 

 

"I refuse it," answered d'Aguilar haughtily. "I cannot lift my sword 

against an old man who is the father of the maid who shall be my wife, 

and, moreover, a merchant and a Jew. Nay, answer me not, lest all these 

should remember your ill words. I will be generous, and leave you out of 

the oath. Do your worst against me, Master Castell, and then leave me to 

do my worst against you. Senor Brome, the light grows bad, and the water 

gains upon us. Say, are you ready?" 

 

Peter nodded his head, and they stepped forward. 

 

"One more word," said d'Aguilar, dropping his sword-point. "My friends, 

you have heard our compact. Do you swear to abide by it, and, if I fall, 

to set these two men and the two ladies free on their own ship or on the 

land, for the honour of chivalry and of Spain?" 

 

The captain of the _San Antonio_ and his lieutenants answered that they 

swore on behalf of all the crew. 

 

"You hear, Senor Brome. Now these are the conditions--that we fight to 

the death, but, if both of us should be hurt or wounded, so that we 

cannot despatch each other, then no further harm shall be done to either 

of us, who shall be tended till we recover or die by the will of God." 

 

"You mean that we must die on each other's swords or not at all, and if 

any foul chance should overtake either, other than by his adversary's 

hand, that adversary shall not dispatch him?" 

 

"Yes, Senor, for in our case such things may happen," and he pointed to 

the huge seas that towered over them, threatening to engulf the 

water-logged caravel. "We will take no advantage of each other, who wish 

to fight this quarrel out with our own right arms." 

 

"So be it," said Peter, "and Master Castell here is the witness to our 

bargain." 

 

D'Aguilar nodded, kissed the cross-hilt of his sword in confirmation of 

the pact, bowed courteously, and put himself on his defence. 

 

For a moment they stood facing each other, a well-matched pair--Peter, 


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