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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

and that letters, signed by that priest and announcing the marriage, 

shall be delivered to the Archbishop of Seville, and to their Majesties 

King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Also, of course, you must arrange 

that the Senor Brome and your father, the Senor Castell, and your cousin 

Betty here shall be escorted safe out of Granada before your marriage, 

and that you shall see them pass through the gate beneath your turret 

window, swearing that thereafter, at nightfall of the same day, you will 

suffer the priest to do his office and make you Morella's wife. By that 

time they should be well upon their road, and, after the rite is 

celebrated, I will receive the signed papers from the priest and follow 

them, leaving the false bride to play her part as best she can." 

 

Again Margaret hesitated; the thing seemed too complicated and full of 

danger. But while she thought, a knock came on the door. 

 

"That is to tell me that Morella awaits your answer in the court," said 

Inez. "Now, which is it to be? Remember that there is no other chance of 

escape for you, or the others, from this guarded town--at least I can 

see none." 

 

"I accept," said Margaret hurriedly, "and God help us all, for we shall 

need Him." 

 

"And you, Senora Betty?" 

 

"Oh! I made up my mind long ago," answered Betty coolly. "We can only 

fail, when we shall be no worse off than before." 

 

"Good. Then play your parts well, both of you. After all, they should 

not be so difficult, for the priest is safe, and the marquis will never 

scent such a trick as this. Fix the marriage for this day week, as I 

have much to think of and make ready," and she went. 

 

* * * * * 

 

Half an hour later Margaret sat under the cool arcade of the marble 

court, and with her, Morella, while upon the further side of its 

splashing fountain and out of earshot, Betty and Inez walked to and fro 

in the shadow. 

 

"You sent for me, Marquis," said Margaret presently, "and, being your 

prisoner, I have come because I must. What is your pleasure with me?" 

 

"Dona Margaret," he answered gravely, "can you not guess? Well, I will 

tell you, lest you should guess wrong. First, it is to ask your 

forgiveness as I have done before, for the many crimes to which my love, 

my true love, for you has driven me. This time yesterday I knew well 

that I could expect none. To-day I dare to hope that it may be 

otherwise." 

 

"Why so, Marquis?" 

 

"Last evening you looked into a certain garden and saw two people 


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