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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 I come to speak with you, at great risk. Indeed, had not my master 

been summoned to the court of the Moorish king I could not have come, 

and he may return at any time." 

 

"Have you some plan?" asked Margaret, leaning towards her eagerly. 

 

"No plan as yet, only an idea." She turned and looked at Betty, adding, 

 

"This lady is your cousin, is she not, though of a different station, 

and somewhat far away?" 

 

Margaret nodded. 

 

"You are not unlike," went on Inez, "of much the same height and shape, 

although the Senora Betty is stronger built, and her eyes are blue and 

her hair golden, whereas your eyes are black and your hair chestnut. 

Beneath a veil, or at night, it would not be easy to tell you apart if 

your hands were gloved and neither of you spoke above a whisper." 

 

"Yes," said Margaret, "what then?" 

 

"Now the Senora Betty comes into the play," replied Inez. "Senora Betty, 

have you understood our talk?" 

 

"Something, not quite all," answered Betty. 

 

"Then what you do not understand your lady must interpret, and be not 

angry with me, I pray you, if I seem to know more of you and your 

affairs than you have ever told me. Render my words now, Dona Margaret." 

 

Then, after this was done, and she had thought awhile, Inez continued 

slowly, Margaret translating from Spanish into English whenever Betty 

could not understand: 

 

"Morella made love to you in England, Senora Betty--did he not?--and won 

your heart as he has won that of many another woman, so that you came to 

believe that he was carrying you off to marry you, and not your cousin?" 

 

"What affair is that of yours, woman?" asked Betty, flushing angrily. 

 

"None at all, save that I could tell much such another story, if you 

cared to listen. But hear me out, and then answer me a question, or 

rather, answer the question first. Would you like to be avenged upon 

this high-born knave?" 

 

"Avenged?" answered Betty, clenching her hands and hissing the words 

through her firm, white teeth. "I would risk my life for it." 

 

"As I do. It seems that we are of one mind there. Then I think that 

perhaps I can show you a way. Look now, your cousin has seen certain 

things which women placed as she is do not like to see. She is jealous, 

she is angry--or was until I told her the truth. Well, to-night or 

to-morrow, Morella will come to her and say, 'Are you satisfied? Do you 

still refuse me in favour of a man who yields his heart to the first 

light-of-love who tempts him? Will you not be my wife?' What if she 


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