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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

great gate of the wall also, where the guard questioned their escort, 

stared at them, and, after receiving a present from Castell, let them 

go, telling them they were lucky Christians to get alive out of Granada, 

as indeed they were. 

 

At the brow of the rise Margaret turned and waved her handkerchief 

towards that high window which she knew so well. Another handkerchief 

was waved in answer, and, thinking of the lonely Betty watching them 

there while she awaited the issue of her desperate venture, Margaret 

went on, weeping beneath her veil. For an hour they rode forward, 

speaking few words to each other, till at length they came to the 

cross-roads, one of which ran to Malaga, and the other towards Seville. 

 

Here the escort halted, saying that their orders were to leave them at 

this point, and asking which road they intended to take. Castell 

answered that to Malaga, whereon the captain replied that they were 

wise, as they were less likely to meet bands of marauding thieves who 

called themselves Christian soldiers, and murdered or robbed all 

travellers who fell into their hands. Then Castell offered him a 

present, which he accepted gravely, as though he did him a great favour, 

and, after bows and salutations, they departed. 

 

As soon as the Moors were gone the three rode a little way towards 

Malaga. Then, when there was nobody in sight, they turned across country 

and gained the Seville road. At last they were alone and, halting 

beneath the walls of a house that had been burnt in some Christian raid, 

they spoke together freely for the first time, and oh! what a moment was 

that for all of them! 

 

Peter pushed his horse alongside that of Margaret, crying: 

 

"Speak, beloved. Is it truly you?" 

 

But Margaret, taking no heed of him, leant over and, throwing her arm 

around her father's neck, kissed him again and again through her veil, 

blessing God that they had lived to meet in safety. Peter tried to kiss 

her also; but she caused her horse to move so that he nearly fell from 

his saddle. 

 

"Have a care, Peter," she said to him, "or your love of kissing will 

lead you into more trouble." Whereon, guessing of what she spoke, he 

coloured furiously, and began to explain at length. 

 

"Cease," she said--"cease. I know all that story, for I saw you," then, 

relenting, with some brief, sweet words of greeting and gratitude, gave 

him her hand, which he kissed often enough. 

 

"Come," said Castell, "we must push on, who have twenty miles to cover 


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