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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

companions?" 

 

"There are some of them," answered the priest, pointing to the dead 

bodies; "the rest, with the two senoras, started two hours ago for 

Granada. The Marquis of Morella, from whom I hold this cure, told us 

that his ship had sunk, and that no one else was left alive, and, as the 

mist hid everything, we believed him. That is why we were not here 

before, for," he added significantly, "we are poor folk, to whom the 

saints send few wrecks." 

 

"How did they go to Granada, Father?" asked Castell. "On foot?" 

 

"Nay, Senor, they took all the horses and mules in the village by force, 

though the marquis promised that he would return them and pay for their 

hire later, and we trusted him because we must. The ladies wept much, 

and prayed us to take them in and keep them; but this the marquis would 

not allow, although they seemed so sad and weary. God send that we see 

our good beasts back again," he added piously. 

 

"Have you any left for us? We have a little money, and can pay for them 

if they be not too dear." 

 

"Not one, Senor--not one; the place has been cleared even down to the 

mares in foal. But, indeed you seem scarcely fit to ride at present, who 

have undergone so much," and he pointed to Peter's wounded head and 

Castell's bandaged arm. "Why do you not stay and rest awhile?" 

 

"Because I am the father of one of the senoras, and doubtless she thinks 

me drowned, and this senor is her affianced husband," answered 

Castell briefly. 

 

"Ah!" said the priest, looking at them with interest, "then what 

relation to her is the marquis? Well, perhaps I had better not ask, for 

this is no confessional, is it? I understand that you are anxious, for 

that great grandee has the reputation of being gay--an excellent son of 

the Church, but without doubt very gay," and he shook his shaven head 

and smiled. "But come up to the village, Senors, where you can rest and 

have your hurts attended to; afterwards we will talk." 

 

"We had best go," said Castell in English to Peter. "There are no horses 

on this beach, and we cannot walk to Granada in our state." 

 

Peter nodded, and, led by the priest, whose name they discovered to be 

Henriques, they started. 

 

On the crest of the hill a few hundred paces away they turned and looked 

back, to see that every able-bodied inhabitant of the village seemed by 

now to be engaged in plundering the stranded vessel. 

 

"They are paying themselves for the mules and horses," said Fray 


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