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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

walking there--yonder is one of them," and he nodded towards Inez. 

"Shall I go on?" 

 

"No," she answered in a low voice, and passing her hands before her 

face. "Only tell me who and what is that woman?" and in her turn she 

looked towards Inez. 

 

"Is it necessary?" he asked. "Well, if you wish to know, she is a 

Spaniard of good blood who with her sister was taken captive by the 

Moors. A certain priest, who took an interest in the sister, brought her 

to my notice and I bought her from them; so, as her parents were dead 

and she had nowhere else to go, she elected to stay in my house. You 

must not judge such things too harshly; they are common here. Also, she 

has been very useful to me, being clever, for through her I have 

intelligence of many things. Of late, however, she has grown tired of 

this life, and wishes to earn her freedom, which I have promised her in 

return for certain services, and to leave Granada." 

 

"Was the nursing of my betrothed one of those services, Marquis?" 

 

He shrugged his shoulders. 

 

"As you will, Senora. Certainly I forgive her this indiscretion, if at 

last she has shown you the truth about that man for whose sake you have 

endured so much. Margaret, now that you know him for what he is, say, do 

you still cling to him?" 

 

She rose and walked a few steps down the arcade, then came back and 

asked: 

 

"Are you any better than this fallen man?" 

 

"I think so, Margaret, for since I knew you I am a risen man; all my old 

self is left behind me, I am a new creature, and my sins have been for 

you, not against you. Hear me, I beseech you. I stole you away, it is 

true, but I have done you no harm, and will do you none. For your sake 

also I have spared your father when I had but to make a sign to remove 

him from my path. I suffered him to escape from the prison where he was 

confined, and I know the place where he thinks himself hidden to-day 

among the Jews of Granada. Also, I nursed Peter Brome back to life, when 

at any hour I could have let him die, lest afterwards I might have it on 

my conscience that, but for my love for you, he might perhaps still be 

living. Well, you have seen him as he is, and what say you now? Will you 

still reject me? Look on me," and he drew up his tall and stately shape, 

"and tell me, am I such a man as a woman should be ashamed to own as 

husband? Remember, too, that I have much to give you in this land of 

Spain, whereof you shall become one of the greatest ladies, or perhaps 


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