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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

my pretty, come in." 

 

Inez followed him into this darksome hole, and the wall closed behind 

them. Then, taking her by the arm, he turned first to the right, next to 

the left, opened a door with a key which he carried, and, behold, they 

stood in a beautifully furnished room well lighted with lamps, for it 

seemed to have no windows. "Wait here," he said to Inez, pointing to a 

couch on which she sat herself down, "while I fetch my lodger," and he 

vanished through some curtains at the end of the room. 

 

Presently these opened again, and Israel reappeared through them with 

Castell, dressed now in Moorish robes, and looking somewhat pale from 

his confinement underground, but otherwise well enough. Inez rose and 

stood before him, throwing back her veil that he might see her face. 

Castell searched her for a while with his keen eyes that noted 

everything, then said: 

 

"You are the lady with whom I have been in communication through our 

friend here, are you not? Prove it to me now by repeating my messages." 

 

Inez obeyed, telling him everything. 

 

"That is right," he said, "but how do I know that I can trust you? I 

understand you are, or have been, the lover of this man Morella, and 

such an one he might well employ as a spy to bring us all to ruin." 

 

"Is it not too late to ask such questions, Senor? If I am not to be 

trusted, already you and your people are in the hollow of my hand?" 

 

"Not at all, not at all, my dear," said Israel. "If we see the slightest 

cause to doubt you, why, there are many great vats in this place, one of 

which, at a pinch, would serve you as a coffin, though it would be a 

pity to spoil the good wine." 

 

Inez laughed as she answered: 

 

"Save your wine, and your time too. Morella has cast me off, and I hate 

him, and wish to escape from him and rob him of his prize. Also, I 

desire money to live on afterwards, and this you must give to me or I 

do not stir, or rather the promise of it, for you Jews keep your word, 

and I do not ask a maravedi from you until I have played my part." 

 

"And then how many maravedis do you ask, young woman?" 

 

Inez named a sum, at the mention of which both of them opened their 

eyes, and old Israel exclaimed drily: 

 

"Surely--surely you must be one of us." 

 

"No," she answered, "but I try to follow your example, and, if I am to 

live at all, it shall be in comfort." 

 

"Quite so," said Castell, "we understand. But now tell us, what do you 

propose to do for this money?" 

 

"I propose to set you, your daughter, the Dona Margaret, and her lover, 


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