Main  Contacts  
Table of contents
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

CHAPTER XV 

 

PETER PLAYS A PART

 

 

"Stop," said Peter from the shadow of the doorway, "I fear this 

business, Inez, and I do not understand why it is needful. Why cannot 

you say what you have to say here?" 

 

"Are you mad?" she answered almost fiercely through her veil. "Do you 

think that it can be any pleasure for me to seem to make love to a stone 

shaped like a man, for whom I care nothing at all--except as a friend?" 

she added quickly. "I tell you, Senor Peter, that if you do not do as I 

tell you, you will never hear what I have to say, for I shall be held to 

have failed in my business, and within a few minutes shall vanish from 

you for ever--to my death perhaps; but what does that matter to you? 

Choose now, and quickly, for I cannot stand thus for long." 

 

"I obey you, God forgive me!" said the distraught Peter from the 

darkness of the doorway; "but must I really----?" 

 

"Yes, you must," she answered with energy, "and some would not think 

that so great a penance." 

 

Then she lifted the corner of her veil coyly and, peeping out beneath 

it, called in a soft, clear voice, "Oh! forgive me, dear friend, if I 

have run too fast for you, forgetting that you are still so very weak. 

Here, lean upon me; I am frail, but it may serve." And she passed up the 

steps again, to reappear in another moment with Peter's hand resting on 

her shoulder. 

 

"Be careful of these steps," she said, "they are so slippery"--a 

statement to which Peter, whose pale face had grown suddenly red, 

murmured a hearty assent. "Do not be afraid," she went on in her 

flute-like voice; "this is the secret garden, where none can hear words, 

however sweet, and none can see even a caress, no, not the most jealous 

woman. That is why in old days it was called the Sultana's Chamber, for 

there at the end of it was where she bathed in the summer season. What 

say you of spies? Oh! yes, in the palace there are many, but to look 

towards this place, even for the Guardian of the Women, was always 

death. Here there are no witnesses, save the flowers and the birds." 

 

As she spoke thus they reached the central path, and passed up it 

slowly, Peter's hand still upon the shoulder of Inez, and her white arm 

about him, while she looked up into his eyes. 

 

"Bend closer over me," she whispered, "for truly your face is like that 

of a wooden saint," and he bent. "Now," she went on, "listen. Your lady 

lives, and is well--kiss me on the lips, please, that news is worth it. 

If you shut your eyes you can imagine that I am she." 


Page 1 from 9: [1]  2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   Forward 
Porno. Ebalovo.com: новинки порно. Порнуха бесплатно.