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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

that they must, since they had eaten what food they had, and here on 

the road there was no fodder for the beasts. So, reluctantly enough, 

they consented, knowing that unless they were fed the mules would never 

carry them to Granada, whereon the guide, pointing out the house to 

them, a lonely place in a valley about a hundred yards from the road, 

said that he would go on to make arrangements, and galloped off. 

 

As they approached this hostelry, which was surrounded by a rough wall 

for purposes of defence, they saw the one-eyed youth engaged in earnest 

conversation with a fat, ill-favoured man who had a great knife stuck in 

his girdle. Advancing to them, bowing, this man said that he was the 

host, and, in reply to their request for food and a room, told them that 

they could have both. 

 

They rode into the courtyard, whereon the inn-keeper locked the door in 

the wall behind them, explaining that it was to keep out robbers, and 

adding that they were fortunate to be where they could sleep quite 

safely. Then a Moor came and led away their mule to the stable, and 

they accompanied the landlord into the sitting-room, a long, low 

apartment furnished with tables and benches, on which sat several 

rough-looking fellows, drinking wine. Here the host suddenly demanded 

payment in advance, saying that he did not trust strangers. Peter would 

have argued with him; but Castell, thinking it best to comply, 

unbuttoned his garments to get at his money, for he had no loose coin in 

his pocket, having paid away the last at Motril. 

 

His right hand being still helpless, this he did with his left, and so 

awkwardly that the small doubloon he took hold of slipped from his 

fingers and fell on to the floor. Forgetting that he had not re-fastened 

the belt, he bent down to pick it up, whereon a number of gold pieces of 

various sorts, perhaps twenty of them, fell out and rolled hither and 

thither on the ground. Peter, watching, saw the landlord and the other 

men in the room exchange a quick and significant glance. They rose, 

however, and assisted to find the money, which the host returned to 

Castell, remarking with an unpleasant smile, that if he had known that 

his guests were so rich he would have charged them more for their 

accommodation. 

 

"Of your good heart I pray you not," answered Castell, "for that is all 

our worldly goods," and even as he spoke another gold piece, this time a 

large doubloon, which had remained in his clothing, slipped to 


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