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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

was to keep and feed the mules for the night, and bring them round next 

morning with a guide who would show them the road to Granada. Meanwhile, 

they paid him for the clothes, but not for the beasts. 

 

Also they tried to learn something from him about the Marquis of 

Morella, but, like the Fray Henriques, the man was cunning, and kept his 

mouth shut, saying that it was ill for poor men like himself to chatter 

of the great, and that at Granada they could hear everything. So he went 

away, leaving some medicine for them to drink, and shortly afterwards 

the priest appeared. 

 

He was in high good-humour, having secured those jewels which they had 

left behind in the iron coffer as his share of the spoil of the ship. 

Taking note of him as he showed and fondled them, Castell added up the 

man, and concluded that he was very avaricious; one who hated the 

poverty in which he had been reared, and would do much for money. 

Indeed, when he spoke bitterly of the thieves who had been at the ship's 

strong-box and taken nearly all the gold, Castell determined that he 

must never know who those thieves were, lest they should meet with some 

accident on their journey. 

 

At length the trinkets were put away, and the priest said that they must 

sup with him, but lamented that he had no wine to give them, who was 

forced to drink water; whereon Castell prayed him to procure a few 

flasks of the best at their charges, which, nothing loth, he sent his 

servant out to do. 

 

So, dressed in their new Spanish clothes, and having all the gold hidden 

about them in two money-belts that they had bought from the barber at 

the same time, they went in to supper, which consisted of a Spanish dish 

called _olla podrida_--a kind of rich stew--bread, cheese, and fruit. 

Also the wine that they had bought was there, very good and strong, and, 

whilst taking but little of it themselves for fear they should fever 

their wounds, they persuaded Father Henriques to drink heartily, so that 

in the end he forgot his cunning, and spoke with freedom. Then, seeing 

that he was in a ripe humour, Castell asked him about the Marquis of 

Morella, and how it happened that he had a house in the Moorish capital 

of Granada. 

 

"Because he is half a Moor," answered the priest. "His father, it is 

said, was the Prince of Viana, and his mother a lady of royal Moorish 

blood, from whom he inherited great wealth, and his lands and palace in 

Granada. There, too, he loves to dwell, who, although he is so good a 


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