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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

mine to you, since you explained that for reasons of your own you did 

not wish to speak of these matters before my cousin Margaret, and could 

not wed me until she and her father and her lover were gone from 

Granada. So I bade them farewell, and stayed here alone for love of you, 

as I fled from London for love of you, and last night we were united, as 

all your household know, for but now I have eaten with them and received 

their good wishes. And now you dare--you dare to tell me, that I, your 

wife--I, who have sacrificed everything for you, I, the Marchioness of 

Morella, am _not_ your wife. Well, go, say it outside this chamber, and 

hear your very slaves cry 'Shame' upon you. Go, say it to your king and 

your bishops, aye, and to his Holiness the Pope himself, and listen to 

their answer. Why, great as you are, and rich as you are, they will 

hale you to a mad-house or a prison." 

 

Morella listened, rocking himself to and fro upon the bed, then with an 

oath sprang towards her, to be met by a dagger-point glinting in 

his eyes. 

 

"Hear me again," she said as he shrank back from that cold steel. "I am 

no slave and no weakling; you shall not murder me or thrust me away. I 

am your wife and your equal, aye, and stronger than you in body and in 

mind, and I will have my rights in the face of God and man." 

 

"Certainly," he said with a kind of unwilling admiration--"certainly you 

are no weakling. Certainly, also, you have paid back all you owe me with 

a Jew's interest. Or, mayhap, you are not so clever as I think, but just 

a strong-minded fool, and it is that accursed Inez who has settled her 

debts. Oh! to think of it," and he shook his fist in the air, "to think 

that I believed myself married to the Dona Margaret, and find you in her 

place--_you_!" 

 

"Be silent," she said, "you man without shame, who first fly at the 

throat of your new-wedded wife and then insult her by saying that you 

wish you were wedded to another woman. Be silent, or I will unlock the 

door and call your own people and repeat your monstrous talk to them." 

And she drew herself to her full height and stood over him on the bed. 

 

Morella, his first rage spent, looked at her reflectively, and not 

without a certain measure of homage. 

 

"I think," he remarked, "that if he did not happen to be in love with 

another woman and to believe that he had married her, you, my good 

Betty, would make a useful wife to any man who wished to get on in the 


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