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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

filled an empty cup with it and drank, then passed it to Peter, while 

the host looked at them sourly. 

 

Then, as though by an afterthought, Castell rose and politely presented 

the jug of wine and the two filled mugs to the men who were sitting at a 

table close by, saying that it was a pity that they should not have the 

benefit of such fine liquor. One of these fellows, as it chanced, was 

their own guide, who had come in from tending the mules. They took the 

mugs readily enough, and two of them tossed off their contents, whereon, 

with a smothered oath, the landlord snatched away the jug and 

vanished with it. 

 

Castell and Peter went on with their meal, for they saw their neighbours 

eating of the same dish, as did the landlord also, who had returned, 

and, it seemed to Peter, was watching the two men who had drunk the 

wine with an anxious eye. Presently one of these rose from the table 

and, going to a bench on the other side of the room, flung himself down 

upon it and became quite silent, while their one-eyed guide stretched 

out his arms and fell face forward so that his head rested on an empty 

plate, where he remained apparently insensible. The host sprang up and 

stood irresolute, and Castell, rising, said that evidently the poor lad 

was sleepy after his long ride, and as they were the same, would he be 

so courteous as to show them to their room? 

 

He assented readily, indeed it was clear that he wished to be rid of 

them, for the other men were staring at the guide and their companion, 

and muttering amongst themselves. 

 

"This way, Senors," he said, and led them to the end of the place where 

a broad step-ladder stood. Going up it, a lamp in his hand, he opened a 

trap-door and called to them to follow him, which Castell did. Peter, 

however, first turned and said good-night to the company who were 

watching them; at the same moment, as though by accident or 

thoughtlessly, half drawing his sword from its scabbard. Then he too 

went up the ladder, and found himself with the others in an attic. 

 

It was a bare place, the only furniture in it being two chairs and two 

rough wooden bedsteads without heads to them, mere trestles indeed, that 

stood about three feet apart against a boarded partition which appeared 

to divide this room from some other attic beyond. Also, there was a hole 

in the wall immediately beneath the eaves of the house that served the 

purpose of a window, over which a sack was nailed. "We are poor folk," 


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