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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

had his knee upon the edge of flooring. Peter thrust him through, and he 

sank backwards on to the heads of others who were following him, 

sweeping the ladder with his weight, so that all of them tumbled in a 

heap at its foot, save one who hung to the edge of the trap frame by his 

hands. Peter slammed its door to, crushing them so that he loosed his 

grip, with a howl. Then, as he had nothing else, he dragged the body of 

the dead man on to it and left him there. 

 

Next he rushed to the window, sheathing his sword as he ran, scrambled 

through it, and, hanging by his arms, let himself drop, coming to the 

ground safely, for he was very agile, and in the excitement of the fray 

forgot the hurt to his head and shoulder. 

 

"Where now?" asked Castell, as he stood by him panting. 

 

"To the stable for the mules. No, it is useless; we have no time to 

saddle them, and the outer gate is locked. The wall--the wall--we must 

climb it! They will be after us in a minute." 

 

They ran thither and found that, though ten feet high, fortunately this 

wall was built of rough stone, which gave an easy foothold. Peter 

scrambled up first, then, lying across its top, stretched down his hand 

to Castell, and with difficulty--for the man was heavy and 

crippled--dragged him to his side. Just then they heard a voice from 

their garret shout: 

 

"The English devils have gone! Get to the door and cut them off." 

 

"Come on," said Peter. So together they climbed, or rather fell, down 

the wall on to a mass of prickly-pear bush, which broke the shock but 

tore them so sorely in a score of places that they could have shrieked 

with the pain. Somehow they freed themselves, and, bleeding all over, 

broke from that accursed bush, struggling up the bank of the ditch in 

which it grew, ran for the road, and along it towards Granada. 

 

Before they had gone a hundred yards they heard shoutings, and guessed 

that they were being followed. Just here the road crossed a ravine full 

of boulders and rough scrubby growth, whereas beyond it was bare and 

open. Peter seized Castell and dragged him up this ravine till they came 

to a place where, behind a great stone, there was a kind of hole, filled 

with bushes and tall, dead grass, into which they plunged and hid 

themselves. 

 

"Draw your sword," he said to Castell. "If they find us, we will die as 

well as we can." 

 

He obeyed, holding it in his left hand. 

 

They heard the robbers run along the road; then, seeing that they had 


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