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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

Morella, whence they could scarcely hope to snatch her. It would seem 

also that she was being taken to the Moorish city of Granada, if she 

were not already there, where Christian law and justice had no power. 

 

When he had heard him out, Peter, whose heart was always stout, 

answered: 

 

"God has as much power in Granada as in London, or on the seas whence He 

has saved us. I think, Sir, that we have great reason to be thankful to 

God, seeing that we are both alive to-day, who might so well have been 

dead, and that Margaret is alive also, and, as we believe, unharmed. 

Further, this Spanish thief of women is, it would seem, a strange man, 

that is, if there be any truth in his words, for although he could steal 

her, it appears that he cannot find it in his heart to do her violence, 

but is determined to win her only with her own consent, which I think 

will not be had readily. Also, he shrinks from murder, who, when he 

could have butchered us, did not do so." 

 

"I have known such men before," said Castell, "who hold some sins 

venial, but others deadly to their souls. It is a fruit of 

superstition." 

 

"Then, Sir, let us pray that Morella's superstitions may remain strong, 

and get us to Granada as quickly as we can, for there, remember, you 

have friends, both among the Jews and Moors, who have traded with the 

place for many years, and these may give us shelter. Therefore, though 

things are bad, still they might be worse." 

 

"That is so," answered Castell more cheerfully, "if, indeed, she has 

been taken to Granada; and as to this, we will try to learn something 

from the barber or the Father Henriques." 

 

"I put no faith in that priest, a sly fellow who is in the pay of 

Morella," answered Peter. 

 

Then they were silent, being still very weary, and having nothing more 

to say, but much to think about. 

 

About sundown the doctor came back and dressed their wounds. He brought 

with him a stock of clothes of Spanish make, hats and two heavy cloaks 

fit to travel in, which they bought from him at a good price. Also, he 

said that he had two fine mules in the courtyard, and Castell went out 

to look at them. They were sorry beasts enough, being poor and wayworn, 

but as no others were to be had they returned to the room to talk as to 

the price of them and their saddles. The chaffering was long, for he 

asked twice their value, which Castell said poor shipwrecked men could 

not pay; but in the end they struck a bargain, under which the barber 


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