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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

that night. 

 

On the following morning they woke much refreshed, and, after they had 

breakfasted, the governor appeared, and with him none other than the 

Senor Juan Bernaldez, Castell's secret correspondent and Spanish 

partner, whom he had last seen some years before in England, a stout man 

with a quiet, clever face, not over given to words. 

 

Greeting them with a deference that was not lost upon the governor, he 

asked whether he had leave to speak with them alone. The governor 

assented and went, saying he would return within an hour. As soon as the 

door was closed behind him, Bernaldez said: 

 

"This is a strange place to meet you in, John Castell, yet I am not 

altogether surprised, since some of your messages reached me through 

our friends the Jews; also your ship, the _Margaret_, lies refitted in 

the river, and to avoid suspicion I have been lading her slowly with a 

cargo for England, though how you will come aboard that ship is more 

than I can say. But we have no time to waste. Tell me all your story, 

keeping nothing back." 

 

So they told him everything as quickly as they could, while he listened 

silently. When they had done, he said, addressing Peter: 

 

"It is a thousand pities, young sir, that you could not keep your hands 

off that soldier, for now the trouble that was nearly done with has 

begun anew, and in a worse shape. The Marquis of Morella is a very 

powerful man in this kingdom, as you may know from the fact that he was 

sent to London by their Majesties to negotiate a treaty with your 

English King Henry as to the Jews and their treatment, should any of 

them escape thither after they have been expelled from Spain. For 

nothing less is in the wind, and I would have you know that their 

Majesties hate the Jews, and especially the Maranos, whom already they 

burn by dozens here in Seville," and he glanced meaningly at Castell. 

 

"I am very sorry," said Peter, "but the fellow handled her roughly, and 

I was maddened at the sight and could not help myself. This is the 

second time that I have come into trouble from the same cause. Also, I 

thought that he was but a bandit." 

 

"Love is a bad diplomatist," replied Bernaldez, with a little smile, 

"and who can count last year's clouds? What is done, is done. Now I will 

try to arrange that the three of you shall be brought straight before 

their Majesties when they sit to hear cases on the day after to-morrow. 

With the Queen you will have a better chance than at the hands of any 


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