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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 XII 

 

FATHER HENRIQUES

 

 

The night came down swiftly, for a great stormcloud, in which jagged 

lightning played, blotted out the last rays of the sunk sun. Then, with 

rolling thunder and torrents of rain, the tempest burst over the sinking 

ship. The mariners could no longer see to steer, they knew not whither 

they were going, only the lessened seas told them that they had entered 

the harbour mouth. Presently the _San Antonio_ struck upon a rock, and 

the shock of it threw Castell, who was bending over the senseless shape 

of Margaret, against the bulwarks and dazed him. 

 

There arose a great cry of "The vessel founders!" and water seemed to be 

pouring on the deck, though whether this were from the sea or from the 

deluge of the falling rain he did not know. Then came another cry of 

"Get out the boat, or we perish!" and a sound of men working in the 

darkness. The ship swung round and round and settled down. There was a 

flash of lightning, and by it Castell saw Betty holding the unconscious 

Margaret in her strong arms. She saw him also, and screamed to him to 

come to the boat. He started to obey, then remembered Peter. Peter might 

not be dead; what should he say to Margaret if he left him there to 

drown? He crept to where he lay upon the deck, and called to a sailor 

who rushed by to help him. The man answered with a curse, and vanished 

into the deep gloom. So, unaided, Castell essayed the task of lifting 

this heavy body, but his right arm being almost useless, could do no 

more than drag it into a sitting posture, and thus, by slow degrees, 

across the deck to where he imagined the boat to be. 

 

But here there was no boat, and now the sound of voices came from the 

other side of the ship, so he must drag it back again. By the time he 

reached the starboard bulwarks all was silent, and another flash of 

lightning showed him the boat, crowded with people, upon the crest of a 

wave, fifty yards or more from him, whilst others, who had not been able 

to enter, clung to its stern and gunwale. He shouted aloud, but no 

answer came, either because none were left living on the ship, or 

because in all that turmoil they could not hear him. 

 

Then Castell, knowing that he had done everything that he could, dragged 

Peter under the overhanging deck of the forward tower, which gave some 

little shelter from the rain, and, laying his bleeding head upon his 

knees so that it might be lifted above the wash of the waters, sat 

himself down and began to say prayers after the Jewish fashion whilst 


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