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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
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man for husband. His voice was thick, and hers was very low; of all that 

listening crowd none could hear the names they spoke. 

 

It was over. The priest bowed and blessed them. They signed some papers, 

there by the light of the altar candles. Father Henriques filled in 

certain names and signed them also, then, casting sand upon them, placed 

them in the outstretched hand of Inez, who, although Morella never 

seemed to notice, gave one to the bride, and thrust the other two into 

the bosom of her robe. Then both she and the priest kissed the hands of 

the marquis and his wife, and asked his leave to be gone. He bowed his 

head vaguely, and--if any had been there to listen--within ten short 

minutes they might have heard two horses galloping hard towards the 

Seville gate. 

 

Now, escorted by pages and torch-bearers, the new-wed pair repassed 

those dim and stately halls, the bride, veiled, mysterious, fateful; the 

bridegroom, empty-eyed, like one who wanders in his sleep. Thus they 

reached their chamber, and its carved doors shut behind them. 

 

* * * * * 

 

It was early morning, and the serving-women who waited without that room 

were summoned to it by the sound of a silver gong. Two of them entered 

and were met by Betty, no longer veiled, but wrapped in a loose robe, 

who said to them: 

 

"My lord the marquis still sleeps. Come, help me dress and make ready 

his bath and food." 

 

The women stared at her, for now that she had washed the paint from her 

face they knew well that this was the Senora Betty and not the Dona 

Margaret, whom, they had understood, the marquis was to marry. But she 

chid them sharply in her bad Spanish, bidding them be swift, as she 

would be robed before her husband should awake. So they obeyed her, and 

when she was ready she went with them into the great hall where many of 

the household were gathered, waiting to do homage to the new-wed pair, 

and greeted them all, blushing and smiling, saying that doubtless the 

marquis would be among them soon, and commanding them meanwhile to go 

about their several tasks. 

 

So well did Betty play her part indeed, that, although they also were 

bewildered, none questioned her place or authority, who remembered that 

after all they had not been told by their lord himself which of these 

two English ladies he meant to marry. Also, she distributed among the 

meaner of them a present of money on her husband's behalf and her own, 

and then ate food and drank some wine before them all, pledging them, 


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