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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

numbers, staring sullenly, or cursing them for infidels. Indeed, once 

when they passed a square, a priest in the mob cried out, "Kill them!" 

whereon a number of rough fellows made a rush to pull them off their 

horses, and were with difficulty beaten back by the soldiers. 

 

Foiled in this attempt they began to pelt them with garbage, so that 

soon their white robes were stained and filthy. One fellow, too, threw a 

stone which struck Margaret on the wrist, causing her to cry out and 

drop her rein. This was too much for the hot-blooded Peter, who, 

spurring his horse alongside of him, before the soldiers could 

interfere, hit him such a buffet in the face that the man rolled upon 

the ground. Now Castell thought that they would certainly be killed, but 

to his surprise the mob only laughed and shouted such things as "Well 

hit, Moor!" "That infidel has a strong arm," and so forth. 

 

Nor was the officer angry, for when the man rose, a knife in his hand, 

he drew his sword and struck him down again with the flat of it, 

saying to Peter: 

 

"Do not sully your hand with such street swine, Senor." 

 

Then he turned and commanded his men to charge the crowd ahead of them. 

 

So they got through these people and, after many twists and turns down 

side streets to avoid the main avenues, came to a great and gloomy 

building and into a courtyard through barred gates that were opened at 

their approach and shut after them. Here they were ordered to dismount 

and their horses led away, while the officer, Arrano, entered into 

conversation with the governor of the prison, a man with a stern but not 

unkindly face, who surveyed them with much curiosity. Presently he 

approached and asked them if they could pay for good rooms, as if not he 

must put them in the common cells. 

 

Castell answered, "Yes," and, by way of earnest of it, produced five 

pieces of gold, and giving them to the Captain Arrano, begged him to 

distribute them among his soldiers as a thankoffering for their 

protection of them through the streets. Also, he said loudly enough for 

every one to hear, that he would be willing to compensate the relatives 

of the man whom Peter had killed by accident--an announcement that 

evidently impressed his comrades very favourably. Indeed one of them 

said he would bear the message to his widow, and, on behalf of the rest, 

thanked him for his gift. Then having bade farewell to the officer, who 


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