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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 all things during his absence from Granada. It commanded that all 

rents and profits due to him should be paid to her, and that all his 

servants and dependants should obey her as though she were himself, and 

that her receipt should be as good as his receipt. 

 

When the paper was written, and Betty had spelt it over carefully to see 

that there was no omission or mistake, she unlocked the door, struck 

upon the gong, and summoned the secretaries to witness their lord's 

signature to a settlement. Presently they came, bowing, and offering 

many felicitations, which to himself Morella vowed he would remember 

against them. 

 

"I have to go a journey," he said. "Witness my signature to this 

document, which provides for the carrying on of my household and the 

disposal of my property during my absence." 

 

They stared and bowed. 

 

"Read it aloud first," said Betty, "so that my lord and husband may be 

sure that there is no mistake." 

 

One of them obeyed, but before ever he had finished the furious Morella 

shouted to them from the bed: 

 

"Have done and witness, then go, order me horses and an escort, for I 

ride at once." 

 

So they witnessed in a great hurry, and left the room. Betty left with 

them, holding the paper in her hand, and when she reached the large hall 

where the household were gathered waiting to greet their lord, she 

commanded one of the secretaries to read it out to all of them, also to 

translate it into the Moorish tongue that every one might understand. 

Then she hid it away with the marriage lines, and, seating herself in 

the midst of the household, ordered them to prepare to receive the most 

noble marquis. 

 

They had not long to wait, for presently he came out of the room like a 

bull into the arena, whereon Betty rose and curtseyed to him, and at her 

word all his servants bowed themselves down in the Eastern fashion. For 

a moment he paused, again like the bull when he sees the picadors and is 

about to charge. Then he thought better of it, and, with a muttered 

curse, strode past them. 

 

Ten minutes later, for the third time within twenty-four hours, horses 

galloped from the palace and through the Seville gate. 

 

"Friends," said Betty in her awkward Spanish, when she knew that he had 

gone, "a sad thing has happened to my husband, the marquis. The woman 

Inez, whom it seems he trusted very much, has departed, stealing a 

treasure that he valued above everything on earth, and so I, his 

new-made wife, am left desolate while he tries to find her." 


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