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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

answer, 'Yes, I will.' Nay, be silent both of you, and hear me out. What 

if then there should be a secret marriage, _and the Senora Betty should 

chance to wear the bride's veil_, while the Dona Margaret, in the robe 

of Betty, was let go with the Senor Brome and her father?" 

 

Inez paused, watching them both, and playing with the fan she held, 

while, the rendering of her words finished, Margaret and Betty stared at 

her and at each other, for the audacity and fearfulness of this plot 

took their breath away. It was Margaret who spoke the first. 

 

"You must not do it, Betty," she said. "Why, when the man found you out, 

he would kill you." But Betty took no heed of her, and thought on. At 

length she looked up and answered: 

 

"Cousin, it was my vain folly that brought you all into this trouble, 

therefore I owe something to you, do I not? I am not afraid of the 

man--he is afraid of me; and if it came to killing--why, let Inez lend 

me that knife of hers, and I think that perhaps I should give the first 

blow. And--well, I think I love him, rascal though he is, and, 

afterwards, perhaps we might make it up, who can say?--while, if not---- 

But tell me, you, Inez, should I be his legal wife according to the law 

of this land?" 

 

"Assuredly," answered Inez, "if a priest married you and he placed the 

ring upon your hand and named you wife. Then, when once the words of 

blessing have been said, the Pope alone can loose that knot, which may 

be risked, for there would be much to explain, and is this a tale that 

Morella, a good servant of the Church, would care to take to Rome?" 

 

"It would be a trick," broke in Margaret--"a very ugly trick." 

 

"And what was it he played on me and you?" asked Betty. "Nay, I'll 

chance it, and his rage, if only I can be sure that you and Peter will 

go free, and your father with you." 

 

"But what of this Inez?" asked Margaret, bewildered. 

 

"She will look after herself," answered Inez. "Perchance, if all goes 

well, you will let me ride with you. And now I dare stop no longer, I go 

to see your father, the Senor Castell, and if anything can be arranged, 

we will talk again. Meanwhile, Dona Margaret, your affianced is nearly 

well again at last and sends his heart's love to you, and, I counsel 

you, when Morella speaks turn a gentle ear to him." 

 

Then with another deep curtsey she glided to the door, unlocked it, and 

left the room. 

 

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