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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

perchance, all three of these powers drove her on,--love for the man if 

it still lingered, the desire to be avenged upon him, and the desire to 

snatch his prey from out his maw. At least she had set the game, and she 

would play it out to its end, however awful that might be. 

 

The sun sank, the darkness closed about her, and she wondered whether 

ever again she would see the dawn. Her brave heart quailed a little, and 

she gripped the dagger hilt beneath her splendid, borrowed robe, 

thinking to herself that perhaps it might be wisest to drive it into her 

own breast, and not wait until a balked madman did that office for her. 

Yet not so, for it is always time to die when one must. 

 

A knock came at the door, and her courage, which had sunk so low, burned 

up again within her. Oh! she would teach this Spaniard that the 

Englishwoman, whom he had made believe was his desired mistress, could 

be his master. At any rate, he should hear the truth before the end. 

 

She unlocked the door, and Inez entered bearing a lamp, by the light of 

which she scanned her with her quiet eyes. 

 

"The bridegroom is ready," she said slowly that Betty might understand, 

"and sends me to lead you to him. Are you afraid?" 

 

"Not I," answered Betty. "But tell me, how will the thing be done?" 

 

"The marquis meets us in the ante-room to that hall which is used as a 

chapel, and there on behalf of the household I, as the first of the 

women, give you both the cups of wine. Be sure that you drink of that 

which I hold in my left hand, passing the cup up beneath your veil so as 

not to show your face, and speak no word, lest he should recognise your 

voice. Then we shall go into the chapel, where the priest Henriques 

waits, also all the household. But that hall is great, and the lamps are 

feeble, so none will know you there. By this time also the drugged wine 

will have begun to work upon Morella's brain, wherefore, provided that 

you use a low voice, you may safely say, 'I, Betty, wed thee, Carlos,' 

not 'I, Margaret, wed thee.' Then, when it is over, he will lead you 

away to the chambers prepared for you, where, if there is any virtue in 

my wine, he will sleep sound to-night, that is, as soon as the priest 

has given me the marriage-lines, whereof I will hand you one copy and 

keep the others. Afterwards----" and she shrugged her shoulders. 

 

"What becomes of you?" asked Betty, when she had fully mastered these 


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