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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

the Senor Brome, safe and free outside the walls of Granada, and to 

leave the Marquis of Morella married to another woman." 

 

"What other woman? Yourself?" asked Castell, fixing on this last point 

in the programme. 

 

"No, Senor, not for all the wealth of both of you. To your dependent and 

your daughter's relative, the handsome Betty." 

 

"How will you manage that?" exclaimed Castell, amazed. 

 

"These cousins are not unlike, Senor, although the link of blood between 

them is so thin. Listen now, I will tell you." And she explained the 

outlines of her plan. 

 

"A bold scheme enough," said Castell, when she had finished, "but even 

if it can be done, would that marriage hold?" 

 

"I think so," answered Inez, "if the priest knew--and he could be 

bribed--and the bride knows. But if not, what would it matter, since 

Rome alone can decide the question, and long before that is done the 

fates of all of us will be settled." 

 

"Rome--or death," said Castell; and Inez read what he was afraid of in 

his eyes. 

 

"Your Betty takes her chance," she replied slowly, "as many a one has 

done before her with less cause. She is a woman with a mind as strong as 

her body. Morella made her love him and promised to marry her. Then he 

used her to steal your daughter, and she learned that she had been no 

more than a stalking-heifer, from behind which he would net the white 

swan. Do you not think, therefore, that she has something to pay him 

back, she through whom her beloved mistress and cousin has been brought 

into all this trouble? If she wins, she becomes the wife of a grandee of 

Spain, a marchioness; and if she loses, well, she has had her fling for 

a high stake, and perhaps her revenge. At least she is willing to take 

her chance, and, meanwhile, all of you can be gone." 

 

Castell looked doubtfully at the Jew Israel, who stroked his white beard 

and said: 

 

"Let the woman set out her scheme. At any rate she is no fool, and it is 

worth our hearing, though I fear that at the best it must be costly." 

 

"I can pay," said Castell, and motioned to Inez to proceed. 

 

As yet, however, she had not much more to say, save that they must have 

good horses at hand, and send a messenger to Seville, whither the 

_Margaret_ had been ordered to proceed, bidding her captain hold his 

ship ready to sail at any hour, should they succeed in reaching him. 

 

These things, then, they arranged, and a while later Inez and Israel 


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