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high-walled lane. Then, being a lady of resource and experience, the
plot having been finally decided upon, not altogether with Margaret's
approval, who feared for Betty's fate when it should be discovered, Inez
began to instruct them both in various practical expedients, by means of
which the undoubted general resemblance of these cousins might be
heightened and their differences toned down. To this end she promised to
furnish them with certain hair-washes, pigments, and articles
"It is of small use," said Betty, glancing first at herself and then at
the lovely Margaret, "for even if they change skins, who can make the
calf look like the fawn, though they chance to feed in the same meadow?
Still, bring your stuffs and I will do my best; but I think that a thick
veil and a shut mouth will help me more than any of them, also a long
gown to hide my feet."
"Surely they are charming feet," said Inez politely, adding to herself,
"to carry you whither you wish to go." Then she turned to Margaret and
reminded her that the marquis desired to see her, and waited for
"I will not meet him alone," said Margaret decidedly.
"That is awkward," answered Inez, "as I think he has words to say to you
which he does not wish others to hear, especially the senora yonder,"
and she nodded towards Betty.
"I will not meet him alone," repeated Margaret.
"Yet, if things are to go forward as we have arranged, you must meet
him, Dona Margaret, and give him that answer which he desires. Well, I
think it can be arranged. The court below is large. Now, while you and
the marquis talk at one end of it, the Senora Betty and I might walk out
of earshot at the other. She needs more instruction in our Spanish
tongue; it would be a good opportunity to begin our lessons."
"But what am I to say to him?" asked Margaret nervously.
"I think," answered Inez, "that you must copy the example of that
wonderful actor, the Senor Peter, and play a part as well as you saw him
do, or even better, if possible."
"It must be a very different part then," replied Margaret, stiffening
visibly at certain recollections.
The gentle Inez smiled as she said:
"Yes, but surely you can seem jealous, for that is natural to us all,
and you can yield by degrees, and you can make a bargain as the price of
yourself in marriage."
"What exact bargain should I make?"
"I think that you shall be securely wed by a priest of your own Church,
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