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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

instructions. 

 

"Oh! I and the priest start to-night for a ride together to Seville, 

where his money awaits him; ill company for a woman who means henceforth 

to be honest and rich, but better than none. Perhaps we shall meet again 

there, or perhaps we shall not; at least, you know where to seek me and 

the others, at the house of the Senor Bernaldez. Now it is time. Are you 

ready to be made a marchioness of Spain?" 

 

"Of course," answered Betty coolly, and they started. 

 

Through the empty halls and corridors they went, and oh! surely no 

Eastern plot that had been conceived in them was quite so bold and 

desperate as theirs. They reached the ante-chamber to the chapel, and 

took their stand outside of the circle of light that fell from its 

hanging lamps. Presently a door opened, and through it came Morella, 

attended by two of his secretaries. He was splendidly arrayed in his 

usual garb of black velvet, and about his neck hung chains of gold and 

jewels, and to his breast were fastened the glittering stars and orders 

pertaining to his rank. Never, or so thought Betty, had Morella seemed 

more magnificent and handsome. He was happy also, who was about to drink 

of that cup of joy which he so earnestly desired. Yes, his face showed 

that he was happy, and Betty, noting it, felt remorse stirring in her 

breast. Low he bowed before her, while she curtseyed to him, bending her 

tall and graceful form till her knee almost touched the ground. Then he 

came to her and whispered in her ear: 

 

"Most sweet, most beloved," he said, "I thank heaven that has led me to 

this joyous hour by many a rough and dangerous path. Most dear, again I 

beseech you to forgive all the sorrow and the ill that I have brought 

upon you, remembering that it was done for your adored sake, that I 

love you as woman has been seldom loved, you and you only, and that to 

you, and you only, will I cling until my death's day. Oh! do not tremble 

and shrink, for I swear that no woman in Spain shall have a better or a 

more loyal lord. You I will cherish alone, for you I will strive by 

night and day to lift you to great honour and satisfy your every wish. 

Many and pleasant may the years be that we shall spend side by side, and 

peaceful our ends when at last we lay us down side by side to sleep 

awhile and wake again in heaven, whereof the shadow lies on me to-night. 

Remembering the past, I do not ask much of you--as yet; still, if you 

are minded to give me a bridal gift that I shall prize above crowns or 


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