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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

CHAPTER XVIII 

 

THE HOLY HERMANDAD

 

 

Down the long passages, through the great, fretted halls, across the 

cool marble courts, flitted Inez and Margaret. It was like a dream. They 

went through a room where women, idling or working at tapestries, looked 

at them curiously. Margaret heard one of them say to another: 

 

"Why does the Dona Margaret's cousin leave her?" And the answer, 

"Because she is in love with the marquis herself, and cannot bear 

to stay." 

 

"What a fool!" said the first woman. "She is good looking, and would 

only have had to wait a few weeks." 

 

They passed an open door, that of Morella's own chambers. Within it he 

stood and watched them go by. When they were opposite to him some doubt 

or idea seemed to strike his mind, for he looked at them keenly, stepped 

forward, then, thinking better of it, or perhaps remembering Betty's 

bitter tongue, halted and turned aside. That danger had gone by! 

 

At length, none hindering them, they reached the yard where the escort 

and the horses waited. Here, standing under an archway, were Castell and 

Peter. Castell greeted Margaret in English and kissed her through her 

veil, while Peter, who had not seen her close since months before he 

rode away to Dedham, stared at her with all his eyes, and began to draw 

near to her, designing to find out, as he was sure he could do if once 

he touched her, whether indeed this were Margaret, or only Betty after 

all. Guessing what was in his mind, and that he might reveal everything, 

Inez, who held a long pin in her hand with which she was fastening her 

veil that had come loose, pretended to knock against him, and ran the 

point deep into his arm, muttering, "Fool!" as she did so. He sprang 

back with an oath, the guard smiled, and she began to pray his pardon. 

 

Castell helped Margaret on to her horse, then mounted his own, as did 

Peter, still rubbing his arm, but not daring to look towards Margaret, 

whose hand Inez shook familiarly in farewell as though she were her 

equal, addressing her the while in terms of endearment such as Spanish 

women use to each other. An officer of Morella's household came and 

counted them, saying: 

 

"Two men and a woman. That is right, though I cannot see the woman's 

face." 

 

For a moment he seemed to be about to order her to unveil, but Inez 

called to him that it was not decent before all these Moors, whereon he 

nodded and ordered the captain to proceed. 

 

They rode through the arch of the castle along the roadway, through the 


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