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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

in the future," he added significantly, "even more. War draws near, 

Margaret; this city and all its rich territories will fall into the 

hands of Spain, and afterwards I shall be their governor, almost 

their king." 

 

"And if I refuse?" asked Margaret. 

 

"Then," he answered sternly, "you bide here, and that false lover of 

yours bides here, and your father bides here to take the chance of war 

as Christian captives with a thousand others who languish in the 

dungeons of the Alhambra, while, my mission ended, I go hence to play my 

part in battle amongst my peers, as one of the first captains of their 

Most Catholic Majesties. Yet it is not to your fears that I would 

appeal, but to your heart, for I seek your love and your dear 

companionship through life, and, if I can help it, desire to work you 

and yours no harm." 

 

"You desire to work them no harm. Then, if I were to fall in with your 

humour, would you let them go in safety?--I mean my father and the Senor 

Brome and my cousin Betty, whom, if you were as honest as you pretend to 

be, you should ask to bide with you as your wife, and not myself." 

 

"The last I cannot do," he answered, flushing. "God knows I meant her no 

hurt, and only used her to keep near to and win news of you, thinking 

her, to tell truth, somewhat other than she is." 

 

"Are no women honest here in Spain, then, my lord Marquis?" 

 

"A few, a very few, Dona Margaret. But I erred about Betty, whom I took 

for a simple serving-girl, and to whom, if need be, I am ready to make 

all amends." 

 

"Except that which is due to a woman you have asked to be your wife, and 

who in our country could claim the fulfilment of your promise, or 

declare you shamed. But you have not answered. Would they go free?" 

 

"As free as air--especially the Senora Betty," he added with a little 

smile, "for to speak truth, there is something in that woman's eyes 

which frightens me at times. I think that she has a long memory. Within 

an hour of our marriage you shall look down from your window and see 

them depart under escort, every one, to go whither they will." 

 

"Nay," answered Margaret, "it is not enough. I should need to see them 

go before, and then, if I consented, not till the sun had set would I 

pay the price of their ransom." 

 

"Then do you consent? he asked eagerly. 

 

"My lord Marquis, it would seem that I must. My betrothed has played me 

false. For a month or more I have been prisoner in your palace, which I 


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