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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

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 

of apparel. 

 

"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 

her answer. 

 

"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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